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 the final talk in our mini-series through Jonah, Jayesh beautifully takes us through the main reason why the author wrote this book. And in so doing, he compares and contrasts Jonah’s love for others with God’s love for his creation – and how we as Christians might live in light of God’s generous mercy toward us in Jesus.
In this talk, Jayesh takes us through the second reason why Jonah is a pathetic prophet: he’s unwilling to repent. And in so doing, he helps us grasp what it looks like to be a community known for our repentance – our ability to admit when we are wrong, seek forgiveness, and keep following Jesus.
In this talk, our good friend Jayesh takes us through the first chapter of Jonah in this series he’s called “The Portrait of a Pathetic Prophet.” The fear of God is a massive topic to consider, particularly as our culture seems to have given up language that helps us grasp “fear” as a potentially good and healthy emotion. Jayesh puts it to us that when it comes to God, we should not primarily relate to Him in fear, and yet neither should we abandon this way of relating to God altogether.