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Lifeboat - Sharing the Heart of God (4 of 4)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Jonah 4:1-2 (NIV)
1. OUR CONDITION REVEALED
"'Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.' But the LORD replied, 'Have you any right to be angry?'" (Vs. 3-4)
"Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.' (Vs. 5)
2. GOD'S COMPASSION REVEALED
We've all read books and watched movies that have surprise endings, where the story takes a strange and unexpected twist and you just didn't see it coming. Well we're concluding our series we've been in the last several weeks in the book of Jonah. Today we're covering chapter 4, the final chapter, and we're going to see that the story takes an unexpected twist. But first let me recap the first three chapters. God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh, the most wicked, but yet the most influential city of that day and God wants Jonah to tell them the good news, that he's giving them a second chance if they'll turn to him, but Jonah doesn't like God's plan because he can't stand the Ninevites, so he runs from God, but he immediately runs into trouble. The ship that he's on hits a huge storm. The sailors throw him overboard, but God provides a great fish to swallow Jonah and redirect his plans. And it's in the belly of the whale that Jonah is desperate and he turns to God and God gives Jonah a second chance and then Jonah walks into Nineveh and preaches to them and they turn to God and God gives the Ninevites a second chance. So God gives Jonah a second chance, God gives the Ninevites a second chance, sounds like a happy ending to me, doesn't it? Well, yes and no. There's a strange twist in the end, but we also find some strong truths in this strange twist. So open your Bibles to Jonah chapter 4 and let's dig in. Now would you stand in honor of God's word and just help me out. Read this out loud with me. "But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, Oh Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshus. I knew that you're a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love. A God who relents from sending calamity." Dear God, we're here today because you're here and we're opening your word and studying your word because it's life changing and I pray that you would change our lives today, that we would get a little glimpse of what kind of God you are, that we would see that you're a compassionate God, that we would see that you are the God of the second chance, and that you would fill us Lord Jesus with compassion.