Sunday 8 - 2-20

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Previously: We can either be amazed by grace or forfeit God’s grace by clinging to idols Jonah 3:1-5 Jonah Goes to Nineveh vv.. 1-2. “Second time” – God gives Jonah a second chance at his commission. God gives us countless second chances – b/c his compassion is boundless. But there will be an end to this time of God’s favor for the lost. v. 2. Jonah’s mission was to give the message to the Ninevites that God gave him. The Word of God is the essential part of our message. It is not one we made up. We receive the Word of God and we pass it on to others. v. 3. Jonah went – he did not run. This is a somewhat different person than chapter 1. Jonah repented – to repent means to turn or return – from disobedience to obedience. Jonah has learned many lessons – but we will see his discipleship is not complete. 3-days journey in breadth – perhaps meaning Jonah’s visit was a 3-day event, a large city. v. 4. “40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown” – a simple message of God’s wrath. Does not say why, who, or what to do. God’s message was probably more than recorded. v. 5. “The people believed God… fasted” – Jonah was not laughed at or beaten. The people believed and began fasting – greatest to least. Against all expectations, the powerful, violent city of Nineveh put on sackcloth in repentance. “The greatest miracle in the book is the turning of a nation to God.” – Frank Page Jonah 3:6-10 The People of Nineveh Repent v. 6. The king heard and took a posture of grief and repentance – sackcloth and ashes. vv. 7-8. He called for – a national fast / sackcloth / prayer to God / turning from evil Each individual was called upon to turn from his own evil. “From the violence in his hands” – Nineveh was known for its violence against other nations. Their evil turned inward, toward each other. “Social breakdown, the economic and political “devouring” of one another is actually the outworking of God’s wrath.” It may be that the repentance “from the greatest of them to the least” (v5) shows the beginning of a reconciliation of the different hierarchies of society. v. 10. “God saw… how they turned from evil He relented of the disaster.” God responded to mercy. God was merciful to the mariners, saving them from the storm. God was merciful to Jonah, saving him from the sea. God was merciful to Nineveh, warning them of disaster so he could save them from it. Were the Ninevites saved? Not likely. There is “believing God” for his wrath. There is a turning from sin, but there is not a trusting God for salvation. Salvation requires faith and atoning sacrifice. God abounds in mercy and grace to sinners. He warns us of his anger and wrath against sin. He gives opportunity to repent and turn to him to receive grace.

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