Jonah Hates Nineveh
He Runs from God
He puts himself and others at risk
For three days in the belly of a whale during which he prays to God
He seems willing to do God’s will but only go through the motions Does not hav
a change of heart still full of hate
When the Ninevites convert Jonah is outraged and wants to die because he didn’t’ get his way. He can't see them suffer
In God’s eyes Jonah’s mission was a wonderful success
In Jonah’s eyes his mission was a complete failure
What does this little story teach us ………….
Jonah was stuck in his own perspective
How often do we get stuck in our prejudice or perspective ?
How often do we find it so hard to change the way we feel or think.
Jonah rebelled God’s will
Jonah ran from God
Jonah put others at risk
Do we do the same with our bad example and our our stubbornness of heart?
God can even use broken people to get god’s plan
Jonah filled with rage and rebellious was still recognized by Ninevites as God’s Prophet
So often we use an little defect in a person as a way avoid their purpose in God's plan . If the Gospel could only be preached by holy people it would never be proclaimed
How often do we refuse to accept our place in God’s plans because of our brokenness
God Loved Ninevites and God Loved Jonah
Ø G God worked with Jonah
Ø G God worked with the Ninevites
Ø G God also works with us
All of us plead for God’s mercy but how often to we fail to show it to others or
how often do we refuse to ask God to forgive our enemies.
Sadly there is a little Jonah in all of us