Jonah 3 – The Messenger

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I. The messenger is called.
The Lord called Jonah to go to the people of Nineveh who were widely known for their debauchery and violence.  Remember the verse, Romans 10:15a, “And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”  As women, we will not be called to preach, but we are called to be a witness.  People are often saved through the testimony of faithful Christians.  Are you answering your call to go and tell others? 

II. The messenger rebels.
Jonah heard the call from God, but he refused to go.  We are not told in the beginning why Jonah fled, but in chapter four it seems that Jonah thought the people of Nineveh were unworthy of God’s mercy.  How often do we see people for their outward appearance and forget to look at them as souls who need a Savior?  Each one of us is unworthy of God’s mercy, but who are we to say who should hear the Gospel?  God’s desire is for all to be saved. Do not rebel against God’s call.

III. The messenger repents.
When Jonah repented of his rebellion, he was given the opportunity to go once again.  Even though he repented, he still faced consequences for his rebellion.  Being in the belly of a whale for three days had negatively affected his body.  God is merciful and gives us the chance to turn from our sin and come back to Him.  Although we may have to deal with the consequences of our rebellion, God will forgive the repentant and allow us to continue to serve Him. 

IV. The messenger delivers.
Jonah finally went to Nineveh and delivered the Lord’s message.  He did not tell them to repent, to turn to God, or even tell them of God.  He told them of the coming judgment.  Though the message may not have been all inclusive, it was received and acted upon by the Ninevite people.  They repented of their wickedness.  It is our job to bring the message, and God is responsible for the fruit.

V. The messenger embittered.
Jonah initially wished for their destruction.  Even after their repentance, we do not see Jonah repent of his attitude toward the people of Nineveh.  As we go throughout our day, are we seeing the lost souls around us?  How do you view the lost?  You have been called to go with the Lord’s message.

Mrs. Christina Renshaw

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