Faith Bible Church Greenfield Illinois

Losing Your Gourd

There are many lessons that can be learned from the story of Jonah, but one thing that is absolutely put on display in this story is the mercy of God. His mercy is displayed towards the heathen and towards Jonah, a prophet of God. We should always be mindful and thankful for the mercy of God. I. God’s mercy towards Nineveh A. God wakes Jonah up one day and tells him to go to Nineveh (Jonah 1:1, 2) 1. Their wickedness is overwhelming 2. Go cry out against them B. God turns the man back He chose to take them this message 1. Through a storm God sent (Jonah 1:4, 11, 15) 2. Through potential drowning (Jonah 1:17, 2:10) 3. He re-commissions Jonah (Jonah 3:1, 2) C. We see God’s heart towards mankind 1. Nineveh repented and turned from its evil way (3:10) 2. God relented from the judgement that He was going to bring on them D. God explains further his pity for the heathen (Jonah 4:11) 1. There are one hundred twenty thousand innocents 2. Think about the animals that would die 3. God had pity on the lost II. God’s mercy on Jonah’s shipmates A. Their ship was about to break up (Jonah 1:4) B. They cried out to their gods and did everything humanly possible (Jonah 1:5a) C. When they found out that Jonah was running for the God of the Hebrews 1. They were afraid of the God of the Hebrews (Jonah 1:8-10) 2. They were afraid to take the life of His prophet D. They threw him in the sea and it was calm (Jonah 1:13-15) E. They worshipped the One True God and made vows (Jonah 1:16) III. God’s mercy on Jonah A. God disciplines him 1. Stops his ill-conceived plan (Jonah 1:3, 4, 12, 15) 2. God disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:5, 6) B. God rescues him in an unprecedented way (Jonah 1:17) 1. Jonah prays and makes vows (Jonah 2:9) 2. God sends him and Jonah obeys (Jonah 2:10 – Jonah 3:3) C. Jonah was angry when God showed mercy on Nineveh 1. I ran because I knew this would happen (Jonah 4:1-3) 2. God asks is it right for you to be angry? No answer (Jonah 4:4) 3. Jonah waited to see what God would end up doing (Jonah 4:5) a. God gave him a gourd to compliment his shelter (Jonah 4:6) b. God took the gourd away (Jonah 4:7, 8) 4. God asks, is it right for you to be angry? (Jonah 4:9) Is it right for us to be angry when God shows mercy to those unworthy of it? Is it right for us to be angry when God takes something from us that He had given us in mercy? No, there is a reason for everything that God does. We need to have the same mercy towards the lost that God has.
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