Sep 27, 2009

Jonah Series: "Jonah: The Rebellious Prophet"

This week begins a three week series on the book of Jonah. It will be divided by chapter. Below is the outline for the first message.

Jonah: The Rebellious ProphetJonah 1.1-17


· Author: Jonah (Despite writing in the 3rd person- Moses, Isaiah and Daniel also wrote in 3rd person at times, Jonah wrote whole short book in 3rd person); During events of 793-753 BC

· Jonah is written as history, but also as a message to Israel (Northern Kingdom)

o God’s concern for the Gentiles

o Unfaithfulness of Israel in missionary work

o God’s sovereignty in carrying out His will

o A rebuke to God’s people as Nineveh repented when Israel did not

o Jonah was a picture of Israel’s disobedience: God’s punishment, Jonah’s repentance & restoration

· Jonah can teach us about servicing God obediently, being willing to repent and God’s faithfulness to those who will receive Him

· Jonah is not a work of fiction- Jesus referred to him as historical fact; nothing in the book is impossible

The Attempted Escape (v.1-3)

· Jonah receives the direction from the Lord: tell Nineveh to repent

· Jonah decides to go to Tarshish- the opposite direction; Nineveh was in modern Iraq, Tarshish in modern Spain

· Jonah tried to run from “the presence of the Lord”

· Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139.7-10 ESV)

· Application:

o sometimes we run from God’s call also

o Illustration: Sunday morning, late for church, saw man walking-seemed distraught, made deal with God, God did His part, I didn’t

The Absconder Exposed (v.4-10)

· Definition: Absconder- one who runs and hides from adversity

· As Jonah slept during the storm, the sailors were trying to appease their gods

· When Jonah was alerted and exposed by the lots

· He admitted running from God and testified that His God was the one, true God

The Adversity Evaded (v.11-16)

· Sailors ask Jonah for direction

· He tells them to throw him over

· The sailors seek another way- they seem to be decent men

· Finally they decide to comply, asking God’s forgiveness

· Once Jonah was overboard, the storm ended immediately

· It was a testimony to the Gentile sailors who obeyed, while Jonah and Israel were disobedient

The Appointed Event (v.17)

· God prepared a rescue for Jonah despite his disobedience: the big fish

· Three days in the belly of the fish- not a historic impossibility, especially when God is factored in

· This would also be a picture of the days between the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ

· God sets things up for those He will rescue from sin; God’s will for our lives will come to pass


When God calls us, we can run, but we cannot hide; we can rebel like Jonah, but it will be fruitless. He is God and his will is going to be accomplished. Christians may run from His calling, non-Christians may run from His mercy, but He will have His way.

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