Jonah: Motivated by Compassion

We see Jonah’s real motivation for preaching to Nineveh when he goes outside the city to wait for God’s wrath. But it never comes; instead, God forgives them. God’s grace is an amazing gift we want for ourselves, but we often hope his grace will be withheld from our enemies. Jonah is happy when he […]

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Jonah: Jonah is Angry

The people of Nineveh were evil and depraved-they hated everyone, including Israel, and did all kinds of horrible things to them and others. The Jews despised them, and God’s call to Jonah to preach to them was an offensive call-that is why he resisted. God’s grace is an amazing gift to us, but we often […]

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Jonah: Reluctant Obedience

God works to get our attention because he desires to give us a second chance. He is always willing to provide us with a second chance. It is never too late to do the right thing in your life. Where, in your life, is God giving you a second chance? Who in your life needs […]

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Jonah: Fake It Until You Make It

God will often put or allow roadblocks and challenging circumstances in our lives when we refuse to obey. Sometimes our disobedience puts others at risk, and disobedience always brings consequences. God’s commitment to us is so great that he will make us miserable, hem us in, put us in tough situations, and even terrible circumstances […]

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Jonah: The Proud Prophet and the Good Pagans

God will often put or allow roadblocks and challenging circumstances in our lives when we refuse to obey. Sometimes our disobedience puts others at risk, and disobedience always brings consequences. These pagan and hardened sailors are godlier in their response to the storms than Jonah. Jonah refuses to speak to these pagans about his God, […]

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Jonah: Running from God

God calls Jonah to leave his country and go to Nineveh, Israel’s enemy, to preach against it. Jonah refuses to go and runs in the opposite direction. Many Christians are upset that we live in such a lost and depraved society, and we pull away from it even when God calls us to reach out […]

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