A Familiar Story
God calls Jonah to preach judgment upon Nineveh.
Jonah refuses … thrown overboard … swallowed by fish
… repents/prays to God.
God calls Jonah again … he goes … they repent.
Jonah upset with God … we’re left with a question
and a cliffhanger ending. 4:11
A Not So Familiar Lesson
It was not just a lesson of judgment and repentance …
It was to help believers (then and now) see the need to
have a heart like God toward all.
Only in this way can our repentance be truly linked
Repentance & Restoration For Us
Jonah: Not Unlike Certain Christians Today
Our understanding of repentance may be limited to
We may know that God is merciful toward us. Ch.
Some may even know of His mercy toward ‘others.’ 4:2
Too many, however, have an “us” verses “them”
The Book was Written for Believers
Jonah needed to learn to have a compassionate heart upon
the lost. 4:9-11
This book was written with this lesson in mind.
question and cliffhanger-like ending impresses this very point
upon believers to ponder, reflect, judge … and restore what is
Is Our Heart Like God?
Jonah vs. Pagans
Jonah had more compassion on a plant than 120,000 precious
souls, let alone animals. 4:10
Even the sailors (1:11-14)
and the king of Nineveh (3:6-9)
had more compassion than Jonah.
What is Our Heart Like?
God purposed that those who love Him be conformed to the
image of His Son. Rom.
who are learn true repentance and are restored to our God.
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
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