Sunday morning 6/19/11

Posted by Sherry

JONAH THE SPONGE

Jonah 4:1-11

CBC 6/19/11 SM (FATHER’S DAY)

Jonah, a prophet w/ responsibilities for God

You, a Dad w/ responsibilities for God

  • Both faced w/ enemies that cause pain
  • both get hurt & see destruction
  • both faced w/ enemy they hate beyond description
  • both given the opportunity to FORGIVE
  • JONAH THE SPONGE REFUSED TO CHANGE
    • most major Bible characters grow to be better at the end of their life
    • prayer for Dads & CBC is that we are more like Jesus today than we were yesterday
    • by the end of “our” story we’re more
      • humble
      • faithful
      • spiritual
      • patient
      • loving
      • forgiving
      • graceful
    • chapter 4 Jonah is just as disobedient as he was in chapter 1
      • after the 3 day, all expense paid, whale guts cruise of a lifetime
      • ch 4 pressure’s off, storm gone
      • goes right back to being
        • arrogant
        • self-centered
        • self opinionated
        • unforgiving
        • unsympathetic
        • Fox Hole Christianity

1 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. 2 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. 3 Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

4 The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”

5 Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.

7 But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. 8 And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed.

9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?”

“Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!”

10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness,[a] not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

JONAH GOT ANGRY V 1

  • anger is a human emotion
    • how we respond to a real or perceived injustice or wrong doing
    • not always wrong to get angry
    • righteous indignation:
      • Moses when Pharoah relented on promise
      • Jesus & misuse of the Temple
  • most times we’re angry b/c of our OWN sense of value, worth, right or wrong, or that justice has been violated. (doesn’t have anything to do w/ God or the Bible)
    • Cain killed Abel in selfish anger
    • Saul lost his throne b/c of selfish anger
    • Moses forfeited Promised land b/c of selfish anger
    • Dad, do you have an anger problem?
      • lose ur temper
      • verbalise ur frustration
      • go off & sulk
      • lay it at the foot of the cross or it will end up killing you
        • physically
        • emotionally
        • spiritually
  • Jonah wasn’t mad b/c of:
    • God’s will wasn’t done
    • God’s glory had been tarnished
    • God’s name had been dishonored
  • Jonah was mad b/c he didn’t get HIS WAY!
    • he wanted to see the people destroyed

NOTE: “The emptier the pot, the quicker it boils.” The less water there is in the pot, the quicker you reach the boiling point. What is it Jesus says about giving streams of living water? The more of Jesus you have in you - the longer it will take you to boil - the less of Jesus you have in you, the quicker you are to boil - to blow your top - to lose your temper.

JONAH’S MINISTRY WAS MORE ABOUT HIM THAN IT WAS ABOUT GOD V 3

  • Problem was what he said was going to happen, didn’t.
    • didn’t preach the message of repentance
    • not message of God’s love & saving grace
    • message of damnation & condemnation
      • you’re all doomed
      • God saw their repentance & didn’t destroy them & Jonah was mad
      • Jonah’s complaint -
        • God was too gracious
        • God was too loving
        • God didn’t wipe them out
        • never mind 120,000 got saved in a 3 day crusade
        • Jonah didn’t get HIS WAY
        • Jonah didn’t get His Preference
        • It was about Jonah’s glory & pride (b/c when a prophet said something was going to happen it was supposed to happen) not about God’s glory

JONAH HOPES FOR DESTRUCTION WHILE NINEVEH PRAYS FOR DELIVERANCE V 5

  • Jonah becomes a “spectator” of destruction instead of a “participant” in restoration
    • prepared a shelter to “sulk” for 37 days to see if he could get his way
  • Dad - if the wife doesn’t give you what you want...
    • do you go sit & sulk?
    • silent treatment?
    • go shopping elsewhere?
    • how about changing what you want???

JONAH’S CONCERNS WERE NOT GOD’S CONCERNS V 10

  • Jonah revealed his selfishness by expressing more concern over the dead vine than 120,000 people
    • are you more concerned for your personal preferences than the growth of CBC?
    • notice our preferences are like the plant...they eventually WILT & DIE!! v9
    • the incidental, trivial & unimportant want to move God & His purposes off the throne of our heart
  • God is concerned about...
    • people in Prescott & Nevada Co. headed for Hell (KJV who don’t know their right hand from their left)
    • His children ministering privately & publicly to those people w/ the Gospel message
    • His born again people using the innovations of this generation to reach the people of this generation
      • we’re not to get satisfied with the way we’ve always done it in this world B/C THIS A’INT OUR HOME... HEAVEN IS & THAT’S A WHOLE NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS

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