MINISTRY … Jonah 4:1 "But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry." In Chapter 3 Jonah makes his way to Nineveh, where he walks up and down the streets preaching a simple message – “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.”  Nineveh hears this warning, and the entire city repents from the king on down to the livestock. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Self-centered and self-absorbed, he lacks compassion for the lost. Jonah 4 – preached @ FCC 10/5/08 Lay Reading – Hebrews 1:1-4 Just a quick review this week and then we’ll get into Jonah 4. He wants Jonah to be comfortable right? 2. Let’s look at verse 1 – “But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.”  For those of you note takers here today, here’s something to write down – getting angry at God doesn’t work. Jonah knows God is gracious and because the Ninevites have repented that He will not judge them. 4) It is astonishing that at the preaching of Jonah, the entire city of Nineveh, from the king on down, is brought to its knees and repents. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. - … 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Sermons. e. Jewish tradition says that after God said the words of Jonah 4:11, Jonah then fell on his face and said: "Govern your world according to the measure of mercy, as it is said, To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness." Right?!? Jonah was willing to have compassion on the plant, but not on the people. God sent the great storm and nearly killed Jonah and the sailors in an attempt to get Jonah’s attention. We call this book one of the minor prophets, yet it contains only one prophecy. Jonah’s God is the God of second chances. A man is known by his temper, as much as by his speech and behaviour. Jonah’s priorities are completely backwards. He cried out to God, and God answered his prayer. As one wit once said, Not a story with a whale, but a whale of a story!1 This is a story about hiding from God, a story about running away from God. Most of those statemen… God sends the vine not as a blessing, but again as a way to get Jonah’s attention. Rather than seeing the vine as a blessing, he is angry that it is gone. I can be as angry at God as I want and it doesn’t make me right, and it isn’t going to change God’s plan. What's left of your balloon? While chapter 3 ended in a positive way with God choosing to remove His wrath from the Ninevites, chapter 4 begins with Jonah's complaint against God. for it is better for me to die. How often do we harbor anger and hurt when God has already forgiven? "I am angry enough to die. How often is this true in our own lives though? What would’ve been the proper response? Some would rejoice and some would leave! A Worm-Smitten Gourd: Homiletic Review: Jonah 4:7: Creature Comforts Withered: John Macgowan. If this was a movie or someone writing a fictional book, you wouldn't end the way this book does. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. It doesn’t even matter what it is about. CHAPTER 4. He is in perfect and complete control, and he will not allow some patriotic, Jewish prophet to keep Him from performing what He wants to do. Jonah 4:1 "But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry." “But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?". Folks, we are Jonah, even if we don’t like it. Thankfully for all of us, God knows what He is doing. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Sermons from Jonah We’re Just Like Jonah (Jonah 1) How God Pursues Prodigals, Part 1 (Jonah 1:4-17) How God Pursues Prodigals, Part 2 (Jonah 1:4-17) God Wants You in Nineveh! It even reaches the ears of the king, who proclaims a fast of both humans and beasts. We didn’t get to play god. Dr. Jay E. Adams Jonah Chapter 4 Jonah was a prophet, a man whose job it was to carry the truth of God to people who needed to hear it. ", JNH 4:9 But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine? Jesus loved the story of Jonah. We hear from Jonah himself that God is "merciful and compassionate," "slow to become angry," and "rich in faithful love." Jonah still doesn’t get it. For that matter, we might hear some of the following: Complaints about the influx or type of people coming into the church [i.e. Chapter 2 is Jonah’s prayer of thanksgiving prayed from the belly of the whale—oops, fish. God again rebukes Jonah to close the book. Here we see Jonah’s true colors really come out. In chapter 1 Jonah is running from God; in chapter 2 he is praying to God; in chapter 3 he is speaking for God; in chapter 4 he is learning about God. We’ve seen this earlier in this story haven’t we? His wanting to die wasn’t because he now lost the vine and he was baking in the sun – He chose to leave the city and sit out here, he knew what it was going to be like. That brings us to today, Chapter 4 of the book of Jonah. Jonah’s rage has blinded him, and it is a truly sad tale. “Little things please little minds;” so a gourd made Jonah glad. Theme: AngerText: Jonah 4 (Ephesians 4:26)Preparation: You'll need one inflated, tied-off balloon for each child. Jonah's anger was not justifiable; for it rose high against God, and quarrelled with the dispensations of His providence and grace. This hatred, this bigotry against the Ninevites has been seeping out throughout the story, but here it is plain and clear. Even though Jonah obeyed the commission given to him by God, he wasn’t happy about the outcome - he didn’t want the Ninevites to repent, he wanted them to perish! "Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for [it is] better for me to die than to … And while the story isn’t written in such a way that we know the specific conclusion to the story of Jonah, I think we can know a few things that continue to point to God’s greatness. Chapter 1: Jonah flees. I challenge you to reflect on what that means today. Re… God gave Jonah a mission, and Jonah tried to decline the mission, but God would not let him. How often do we miss out on chances to celebrate great works of God because we are mired in our own anger and resentment? What would happen in the church if God moved in a mighty way? 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for (it is) better for me to die than to … 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. We can only hope that Jonah - and we - would have such a humble response. A couple of the key themes we find in this book are God’s sovereignty – the fact that he is in control, and the belief that God cares for all people, even sinful people like the wicked Ninevites, and even disobedient people like His follower Jonah. Jonah, chapter 4. by Jonathan Spurlock (Holts Summit, MO) Jon 4:1, KJV: But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. Just follow the link above and get the details! Hymns for Jonah 4 from Hymnary.org, an authoritative index of hymns and hymnals. Pastor Luke continues our journey in Jonah, looking at the final chapter of the story, and considering the big question posed by this unusual book. Self-centered and self-absorbed, he … It is hard to believe. BACK TO HOMEPAGE. Unfortunately, our memories do not always serve us well. Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. (5-8) God prepares an object lesson for Jonah. Jonah wanted to see them destroyed, which is why he ran from God in the first place—he knew God was merciful and would respond to the Ninevites' God, help us forgive our friends who hurt us and ask our friends to forgive us. Jonah Chapter 3. The Paperback Bible. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. But in chapter four, we read about how Jonah became angry with God when He spared Nineveh. Do you see that? 1. Can you show me your angry face? He was painfully familiar with the stories of Israel’s sinfulness throughout the Pentateuch – the first 5 books of the Bible. a. ", JNH 4:10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. We have seen Jonah in the fish. His own reputation as a prophet was at stake. Play! Pastor Luke continues our journey in Jonah, looking at the final chapter of the story, and considering the big question posed by this unusual book. “Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live." “But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. Now Jonah is saying I’d rather be dead than to live in a world where my enemies are followers of Yahweh, followers of God and my God is merciful to my enemies. Today, in Jonah 3, we are going to see Jonah running with God. Jonah leaves the city for his own safety, just in case God decides to judge them. Jesus loved the story of Jonah. One of the great lessons of Jonah's failure and forgiveness is that God can continue to use those who return to Him. "RUNNING AHEAD OF GOD" (4:1-11) A. Sermons. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. We are all selfish and prideful. loss of power], Accusations of a lack of authenticity, Concerns about changes that might affect personal comfort levels, or Divisions between the old and new members. Right?!? Are you catching on that Jonah is stubbornly committed to his sin? Whenever we think we deserve something from God and we find him guilty for not giving it to us. The prayer ends with Jonah’s pledge to offer a sacrifice to Yahweh and to perform the vows that Jonah has vowed. But God is not finished with Jonah, as 1:17 makes clear. And so the story of Jonah ends, ending in a form of a tragedy. In chapter 4 Jonah blurts out his reasons for rebelling against the command of the Lord to preach against the city of Nineveh. He prayed to the LORD, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? Pastor Luke continues our journey in Jonah, looking at the final chapter of the story, and considering the big question posed by this unusual book. Jonah ever arrived. As we must, that God’s love has no limits. His anger is unrighteous, and it colors and taints everything. Jonah vents his anger - 4:1-4 a. 6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. Nowhere are we taught as God’s people that it is good to hate. Lesson # 3 from Jonah (Lessons #1 and #2 in previous months’ web editions) I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day, I’d rather one would walk with me than merely point the way, The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear; Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear. But his displeasure was largely selfish. Sermon 5/10/20. On the surface it appears that we have no resolution to this story. Adam sinned in … How many people here today have gotten angry at God for something? The events which take place in this chapter were intended to reveal the sin of Jonah. Bible > Jonah > Chapter 4 > Verse 10 Jonah 4:10 But the LORD said, "You cared about the plant, which you neither tended nor made grow. I concluded my last sermon saying revival starts with you and me. (1) Jonah’s displeasure at the repentance of the people of Nineveh. It’s really a book about Jonah and God. As with chapter 3, grace is a major theme in the Book of Jonah's final chapter. (1-4) He is taught by the withering of a gourd, that he did wrong. But when he finally delivers God’s message, the word spreads throughout the city. In Jonah 1 we saw Jonah get called by God to go and preach repentance to Nineveh. The Surprise at His Displeasure 1. Jonah should be rejoicing, but is instead so selfish and prideful and hate-filled that he would rather be dead. We are speaking on the subject, Jonah Under The Gourd. We have seen Jonah on the ship. It’s pointless. He is more concerned with his own comfort than the souls of Nineveh. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”  Jonah is gut wrenchingly honest here. Jonah – Chapter 4 Sunday 5th March, 2017 – Morning Service The Rev. Just a quick review this week and then we’ll get into Jonah 4. Dr. Jay E. Adams. Jonah Sermon Series Jonah Chapter 4 Parish of Oxton St Saviour Today, we come to the end of the Jonah story, and the final week of our summer sermon series. Henry : Jonah 4:5-11: God's Expostulation with Jonah: David Couper. Jonah is missing out on the beauty and the blessing of 120,000 or so people being saved by God. 4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 4:6: And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. Those who are angry with God show the littleness of their minds. By stating that the Ninevites don’t know their left from their right hand, God is stating clearly that they are morally and spiritually unaware. Rather than admitting that he is wrong, rather than changing his ways and repenting, Jonah would rather die than to give up his anger. How often do we let that pain of unrighteousness drag us down, to ruin our lives? This whole chapter of eleven verses deals almost exclusively with Jonah's disappointment, anger, and resentment because of the conversion of the Ninevites, and with the gentle persuasion of the Lord, who provided motivation for Jonah, pointing him toward a more acceptable attitude. In chapter one Jonah acted like the prodigal son but here in the fourth chapter he is acting more like the pouting of the elder brother. Just like Jonah, many spiritual leaders received a second chance to do what God called him to do. Just like Jonah, many spiritual leaders received a second chance to do what God called him to do. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. 3) It is astonishing that God would save Jonah from drowning and bring his to repentance by keeping him alive in the fish’s belly for three days and three nights – that He gives Jonah a second chance. EXPOSITORY SERMONS IN JONAH MENU. Jonah had four periods in his life, and each period is represented in each chapter. The book of Jonah was written roughly 3000 years ago by the prophet Jonah. Did Jonah learn his lesson this time? He leaves out the bad stuff, the stuff pointing to his stubborn prideful self. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 4:5: So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. The city of Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian empire, the enemies of Israel. Here’s another one for you note takers – in big bold letters write down these four words – I AM NOT GOD! Jonah Chapter 2. So in chapter four, we read a story of resentment. In our anger, in our unrighteous anger we become blinded. This morning we finish up Jonah, so please turn with me to chapter 4. But instead, in chapter 2, we saw Jonah running smack into God. God doesn't want us to go to bed angry. Now under line that. Jonah Chapter 4 On The Water With Jonah Teaching Biblical Counseling Institute. If he is going to disobey as in chapter one, he's going to do a good job at it again. It doesn’t work, and you only end up hurting from it. A plant to provide shade for Jonah - 4:5-6 b. EVER! Jonah repented of his sinfulness, and at the close of chapter 2 the fish vomited Jonah onto dry land. In chapter 1 Jonah is running from God; in chapter 2 he is praying to God; in chapter 3 he is speaking for God; in chapter 4 he is learning about God. JNH 4:1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. Jonah is angry about losing a plant that wasn’t his in the first place. For reasons that make the book of Jonah a ripping good story, it takes a good while for Jonah to get to Nineveh. chapter 4, Jonah is forced to look at himself and it is not a pretty picture. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. It destroys our relationship with God. Jonah 4:7-8. But rather we see that all in its dark sad futility. Unfortunately, God's grace and mercy is set against Jonah himself, who is a walking illustration of judgment and unforgiveness. Sermon Supply Ministry. Out of nowhere a huge plant springs up, so big that it provides shade to Jonah. A. Jonah’s Anger: vs. 1 –4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. Anyone else ever been there? So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? 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