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Rise and Go (5 of 6)
August 14, 2011
We've seen over the last four weeks how Jonah was reluctant to obey the word of the Lord that came to him to go preach to Nineveh.
He headed in the opposite direction and God controlled the circumstances to get his attention and to get him to repent.
Last week we saw where Jonah, after having spent 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish, was vomited out on the dry land.
That's where we pick it up today.
TEXT: Jonah 3:1-10
In this chapter we see the miraculous conversion of the city of Nineveh based upon Jonah's declaration that God was going to "overturn" it because of its wickedness.
This miraculous conversion is but a piece of the story of Jonah; but it is indeed, an important piece as we'll see next week.
We see in verse one:
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you."
God had every right to smite Jonah because of his disobedience; but he gave him a second chance.
By the way, aren't you glad that we serve the God of a second chance?
The Bible says in Lamentations 3 that His mercies are new every morning.
Throughout the Scriptures we see that He is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and compassion.
So, the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time to go preach to the Ninevites.
That was his mission: rise and go.
You may be thinking, "What does that have to do with me?"
Well, we have a mission as Christ-followers in much the same way as Jonah did.
The word of the Lord concerning our mission can be found in Matthew 28:19-20, when Jesus said,
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
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