Jonah: “The Plant of God”

  my notes were very sparse this week. This book is made up of seven “episodes” there are three sets of parallels, and one that is on its own. The first set is Jonah’s commissioning and flight, coupled with Jonah’s decommissioning later in the story… The second is Jonah and the Pagan sailors, coupled with Jonah and the Pagan Ninevites… The third pair is Jonah’s. Grateful prayer, coupled with Jonah’s angry prayer. The only episode that doesn’t have a partner is Jonah’s lesson about compassion that we are looking at today… 1.The message of this book is not that God … Continue reading Jonah: “The Plant of God”

Jonah: “The Compassion of God”

Today we are going to look at how God was quite extravagant about who He showed his mercy to. Really, everyone in this story receives the mercy and Grace of God. First thing I want to do in our text is remind us all of what God’s Compassion is saving us from, then look at who it is offered to. God’s compassion saves us from God’s justice: God hurled the wind, God threatened the Ninevites, God sent the sun, and the scorching East wind. Ultimately we must realize that the primary force that God is saving us from is His … Continue reading Jonah: “The Compassion of God”

Jonah: “The Message of God”

    Jonah was a prophet of God. he was sent on a mission from God. The Lord had a call on his life. He wanted him to go to Nineveh and preach to the people there. Last week we looked at how to discern the call of God on our own lives. This week we are going to look at what the message God wanted Jonah to preach to the Ninevites and see if that is the message we should be hearing, and preaching to ourselves and to others. There is a question I want to wrestle with today … Continue reading Jonah: “The Message of God”