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#HITTINGROCKBOTTOM (2 OF 4)

by Bob Ingle


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#HittingRockBottom (2 of 4)
Series: Jonah
Bob Ingle
Jonah 2


Turn to the book of Jonah. We're walking through the story of Jonah one chapter at a time. Just in case you weren't here last week, let me catch you up to speed.

-God speaks to his prophet to go to Nineveh. Jonah is a racist who hates the Ninevehvites. God says 'go', and Jonah says 'no'. And he runs in the opposite direction. (Show Map)

-Jonah was having a bad moment. He's quitting on God. He's giving up his gig as a prophet and leaving town.

-We said last week that everyday we have a choice to either go to Nineveh or to Tarshish. Some of us are on the run aren't we? We don't want to obey God. We know that dating an unbeliever is wrong, but we don't want to let go...so we run. We know this habit is destructive to our life, but we don't want to give it up and do the hard thing of coming clean...so we run. We know we need to get serious about our faith and start serving God with reckless abandon, but we'd have to change our priorities and we don't wan to do that...so we run.

-Jonah gets on boat with pagan sailors who call him to pray. Captain wakes him up, but the storm doesn't awaken his soul to the Lord. He says throw me in the sea and the storm will stop. He stops running, but he doesn't start repenting. He'd rather die than be obedient.

-Does God give up on Jonah? Nope. He goes to phase two of His plan. He sends Jonah a personal, one seat taxi in the stomach of a big fish.

Look at Jonah 1:17: ''Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.'' Here's the thing. We don't know what kind of fish this was. We talk about Jonah and the whale, but we don't know. It could have been, but doesn't say.

There are only two things about this fish we know...it was huge and it was provided. The word 'provided' means 'appointed, or arranged'. What God wants us to know it this isn't accidental. This isn't a lucky fish ...

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