Jonah’s Leftovers // Jonah 1:1-3
Sovereign To Send // The Prophet
"1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord."
~Jonah 1:1-3 ESV
THE 'WORD OF THE LORD,' CAME TO JONAH
How has THE 'WORD OF THE LORD,' Come to you?
VERSE 2 - Jonah's Call
It's a Weird "call", THE MISSION DOESN'T MAKE SENSE
Perhaps Jonah is thinking about Nimrod, the city walls, or the evil people of Nineveh itself.
#1 – Our call from God is often hard
#2 – Our call from God is usually about other people
-Which begs the question: Why in the world would God send a guy like “that” to preach to the “very people,” that he hated and feared the most? This background presents Jonah to us as a bigot who is ethnocentric.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR MISSION FROM GOD DOESN'T "MAKE SENSE?"
VERSE 3a - Jonah's course
The course doesn't make sense
What’s Jonah doing?! He’s running from the call of God on his life and here’s the course Jonah has in mind. We tend to follow this pattern of rebellion from our own sin nature.
#1 – We all have some Jonah Junior in each of us (a little bit of run)
~Where are you running away from God at in your life?
*The magnitude of your sin doesn’t minimize God’s grace over it.
VERSE 3b - Jonah's cost
Jonah Tries to flee the presence of god
Jonah’s Call // Course // +Cost
MAIN TRUTH: We must learn to run-to God, and not from-God. In our call and course we must run to God or there will be a cost that we’re not willing to pay. We can trust God because He is both Sovereign + Good!