by Fred Lowery

Fred Lowery
Jonah 1:1-2; Psalm 139:8; Jonah 1:3; Jonah 1:15-17; Jonah 2:7-9; Jonah 3:1-3; Jonah 3:5-6; Jonah 3:10; Jonah 1:17; Matthew 12:39-41; Luke 6:46; Jonah 4:1-3

Okay - the importance of obeying God and the excitement of obeying God. We've got a good story for today one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament and it's the story of a man by the name of Jonah. Probably, I mean, all of you know the story of Jonah and the whale, the fish, you've taught it to your kids. Just a question for you since it's just us here this morning. My question would be have you ever read the book of Jonah? The four chapters of Jonah because we miss so much when we think that Jonah is about a big fish or if we think that Jonah is about a large city like Nineveh. Or a disobedient prophet. Or even if we think Jonah is about a vine and worm and a scorching wind. We miss what this book is really about. Because let me tell you what Jonah is about. Jonah is about God. How much God loves us. How compassionate God is. A God who will give a second chance. A God who will never abandon us. It's also about breaking the first commandment. You know the first commandment says though shalt put no other gods before me. And really in reality we never break the other nine until we break the first one.

See you may have thought there are some commandments I would just never break. Well it's when we break the first one that's when we break and can break any of the others. So any time, I think it's good to ask ourselves what is the sin that's beneath the sin. You know we do these things in our lives that are wrong. We disobey God, we do things that we thought perhaps we would never do, but what is the sin beneath the sin? The sin beneath the sin is that at some point we failed to let God be God and we decided to do what we wanted to do. To live like we wanted to live. To have what we wanted to have. To be in charge ourselves.

Martin Luther says every behavioral sin is idolatry and u ...

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