In this one-off talk before the carols, we see two young boys explain God’s kingdom to a proud and fearful king. Because God’s kingdom is so simple that even (or especially) a child can understand it: Trust in your Father, who has done provided everything for you in Jesus, and depend on him.
We’ve just seen Nineveh come to repentance. But in this final chapter of Jonah, we will see God turn his attention to Jonah. We will watch God’s incredibly patient mercy with Jonah, trying to soften his heart towards the Ninevites, and to broaden his understanding of God’s mercy.
Jonah finally arrived at Nineveh, and gives his sermon. And against all odds, the people turn to God. As a prophet, should have been Jonah’s dream. But God loves to work through weak and broken people to show his strength and glory. And so, God is powerfully at work, even through this reluctant, cold-hearted prophet.
Last week, we saw that Jonah wants no part of God’s mission, or God’s calling for his life, and he runs in the opposite direction from God’s calling. Now, we see Jonah singing from the belly of a fish. What are we to make of this odd story, and what does it say to us about Jonah’s heart, and our own?
We’ve just looked at the book of Habakkuk, and we saw the prophet go from questioning God’s plans to praising his name. Now in the book of Jonah, we meet an even more reluctant prophet. Jonah wants no part of God’s mission, or God’s calling for his life, and he runs in the opposite direction from God’s calling. As Sam starts this series for us, this question is posed to each of us: Where are you tempted to run from God’s calling in your life?
In this final chapter of Habakkuk, he has moved from questioning God’s power and will to praising his name. Even though God’s plans don’t always make sense to us, He is good and working for our good, so we can praise His name.
Have you ever felt like God ignores your prayers? Have you wondered if he knows what’s best for your life? In the first part of this term, we’re going to be spending some time hearing from Habakkuk, a prophet who was forced to wrestle with these questions, as God’s response to his prayers seemed to be anything but what he expected or hoped for.
What hope does God have for the weak? What wisdom is there in weakness? In God’s design, he has so much grace and beauty for those who are in need, and ultimately we can see God’s power in weakness through the cross of Christ. In this two-week holiday series, we will explore these ideas and see what blessings that God has for us. In this first talk, Jeremy shares about how wisdom and weakness can go together, from the end of Paul’s letter to the Philipians.