by Jeff Lynn

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Don't Look a Gift Fish in the Mouth (4 of 6)
Series: Jonah
Jeff Lynn
Jonah 1:17-2:10
August 7, 2011

Last week we saw where Jonah was thrown overboard because the sailors were in jeopardy of their lives, and they saw throwing Jonah overboard as the only hope of their salvation, because that's what he told them they needed to do.

We saw that our disobedience affects everyone in our ship, whether at home, work, or church family, because you don't sail alone.

You may think that hurling someone overboard because of the pain they're causing you will kill them; but you have to trust them to God.
If the story ended there we could resolve ourselves to the fact that Jonah died in the Mediterranean Sea.
But we pick up the story in verse 17.

TEXT: Jonah 1:17-2:10

I understand that when someone buys a horse, it's much like buying a car.
When you are looking to purchase a car, you look under the hood, kick the tires, check the mileage, etc.
When buying a horse, you look into the mouth to see how old it is by checking out how prominent their teeth are.

I had never heard the phrase, "long in the tooth" until a few weeks ago; but it means that the gums recede as a horse gets older, and more of the tooth is exposed. They are "long in the tooth" because their teeth are longer.

But when you are "given" a horse, you don't offend the giver by looking it in the mouth.

So, the phrase, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" means to be grateful for your good fortune and don't look for more by examining it to assess its value.

This morning we are going to see where we shouldn't look a gift "fish" in the mouth.

Our blessings and deliverance may come in a different form than what we might expect or desire.
It may be that you are here this morning and you have been hurled out of the boat because of the pain and peril you have been causing to your family or to someone else.
Or it may be that by virtue of your disobedience you are in a place where you fe ...

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