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Can You Throw a Pity Party? (6 of 6)
August 21, 2011
Last week we saw where Jonah was given a second chance to go to Nineveh and preach against it.
His message was that in 40 days Nineveh would be overturned or overthrown.
On the very first day of his three day preaching tour through Nineveh, people started responding…even to the point where the king heard the message and made a proclamation for everyone to humble themselves, fast, repent, and call upon the mercy of God to save them.
We read that "all Nineveh believed God."
Given the cruelty and ungodliness of the Assyrians, this was perhaps a greater miracle than even Jonah spending three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish.
As I mentioned last week, one of the convictions that we need to have if we are going to make disciples of Jesus Christ is to believe that the potential is great.
Steven Furtick, one of the speakers at the Leadership Summit, said, "If your vision isn't intimidating to you, then it's insulting to God."
So, there was a great repentance in Nineveh due to Jonah's preaching.
The city was "overturned" in that it repented. (Upside down, e.g.)
If the story were to end there we could say "Amen" and call it the end.
However, this morning we are going to see Jonah's response to the people's repentance and God's relenting of the disaster that He said He would bring.
Jonah's response is not what we might expect; but it may very well be our response to God's compassion on some people.
Let's look at what Jonah's desires and responses were to these situations and see if we see any parallels to our own lives.
First of all,
JONAH DESIRED CALAMITY;
GOD DEMONSTRATED COMPASSSION
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you ar ...
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