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Hardness (4 of 4)
Series: Jonah - Relentless Pursuit
Alright-the fourth and final week of our study in Jonah. Jonah has four chapters, and each chapter is a separate scene in the story.
So…in scene 1, God approaches the prophet Jonah, and said, ''I want you to go to the city of Nineveh, and preach against them.'' But Jonah isn't interested in that assignment, so he finds a ship heading in the opposite direction, and gets on it. A storm hits the ship; Jonah is thrown overboard, and he's swallowed by a massive fish.
Scene number 2: Jonah prays from inside the fish, and in his prayer, he remembers what it felt like to almost drown; he expresses deep gratitude to God for rescuing him from death, and he expresses confidence that God has a future for him. And then the fish vomits him up on the beach.
Scene 3: God repeats his instructions to Jonah-''Go to Nineveh.'' A second chance for Jonah! And this time, Jonah does it; he travels to Nineveh and warns them of God's judgment. And miraculously, the people take his words to heart; they repent; they cry out to God; and God calls off the judgment.
So…you would think the book would be over. Right? I mean, Jonah makes good on his second opportunity; the people of Nineveh turn to God; everybody's a winner. Seems like a great place to stop. So why is there another chapter? You'll see…
Scene four. Jonah 4, verse 1:
1 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, ''Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.''
4 But the LORD replied, ''Is it right for you to be angry?''
5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat ...
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