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Running into God (4 of 4)
Series: Jonah on the Run
We are looking at the fourth and final chapter of Jonah. I have been giving a series of messages from Jonah which I have entitled, "Jonah on the Run." Each chapter we have built around that theme. Jonah chapter 1 was "Jonah Running from God."
There has been in the news this week about the runaway bride. Jonah was the runaway prophet.
In Jonah 2 we have "Jonah Running to God." Jonah 3 was "Jonah Running for God." This evening is "Jonah Running into God."
In the 1700's in the American colonies, there was a revival which has been labeled "The Great Awakening." George Whitfield was the preacher of that religious awakening, and a man named Jonathan Edwards was the theologian of "The Great Awakening."
Jonathan Edwards was a remarkable man. He was a graduate of Yale. He became the president of Princeton University. He is considered the greatest theologian philosopher in American history.
In 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut, he preached a message from Deuteronomy 33, verse 35, in which is a phrase which says, "Their feet shall slide in due time." He titled the message, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
Jonathan Edwards had poor vision, and yet he read his manuscript. The people couldn't even see his face because he had the manuscript so close to his feeble eyes. As he began to read this message entitled, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," the people were gripped with the awesomeness and the judgment and the anger of God, so much so that the people began to cry out all over the building. Some of the people literally held onto the pillars in the building. They were afraid they would slide immediately into hell.
That night as the people were in their homes, they say in every house men and women could be heard praying and crying out to God for mercy. It may be the most terrifying sermon ever delivered in the history of the Christian faith. "Sinne ...
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