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Last week: Jonah’s rebellion – he ran from God’s presence But God sent a storm – Goth in judgment of Jonah’s sin - And in mercy – God won’t let Jonah go Jonah reacts to God’s calling with utter rebellion: called east, went west. His rebellion is shocking – showed no regard for God, nor for people. God created all people in his image. He cares deeply for people of all races & religions. He cares how believers treat other people. Jonah 1:4-6 The Storm of Judgment and Mercy v. 4. Notice how Jonah’s sin affected the people around him. Sin has real consequences. Not only for you, but for your family, work, church. v. 5. The mariners prayed and worked for the good of all the people on board. They tried to save the ship and lives. And they prayed – all while Jonah slept! v. 6. “Arise, call out to your God.” The captain asks Jonah to pray also. “Arise, …call” are the same words God spoke to Jonah in v. 2. God sent Jonah to point pagans to God. But this pagan is pointing Jonah to God. The pagans act more righteously than God’s prophet. App: Are you cold or committed to the good of others? Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in Lk 10:25-37 The moral of the story: 1. My neighbor is anyone of any race or religion who is in need. 2. Christ-like is costly & practical action to meet my neighbor’s needs. Jonah is opposite of the good Samaritan, shows no concern or mercy for others. Jonah 1:7-16 Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea v. 7. Mariners believe the storm is supernatural: ‘some god is angry at somebody.’ They cast lots to see whose fault this is – Jonah. v. 8. They question Jonah to determine what to do. On whose account this evil? 1. What is your occupation? – purpose 2. Where are you from/country? – people 3. Who are your people? – race Questions of identity: what is your purpose, place and race? v. 9 Jonah answers the last question first, “I am a Hebrew.” Jonah is wrapped up in his race and the race of others. Then answers about his purpose: “I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” This trouble is from Yahweh, the God Who reigns in heaven, created land & sea. Does Jonah fear God? He ran when God called him. Jonah had to choose b/n his people and the Word of God; he chose his people. He showed greater loyalty to his race than toward his God. App: Whose are you? Your identity is wrapped up in what you worship. People can find their identity in money, material things, business success, their talents or attractiveness, their acceptance by others. Many Christians’… relationship with God has not gone deep enough into their heart. [That is] why professing Christians can be racists and greedy materialists, addicted to beauty and pleasure, or filled with anxiety and prone to overwork. All this comes because it is not Christ’s love but the world’s power, approval, comfort, and control that are the real root of our identity. – Timothy Keller, Prodigal Prophet We were created to find our identity & significance in the One Whose image we bear. App: The God You Can Trust. v. 12. “Hurl me into the sea… for you” The greatest love is a substitutionary, sacrificing love. Jonah offers to be thrown overboard to take responsibility for God’s wrath. He is beginning to think about other people. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” -Jn 15:13 Jonah was a shadow, a type of Christ. Except he was punished for his own sin. Jesus was innocent yet took on the full punishment of God as our substitute. The God who substitutes himself to suffer in your place, you can trust him.

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