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Published on August 15, 2008

Author: ptrmaurice

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When Jonah moves away from God : Jonah 1:1-10 When Jonah moves away from God God’s commandments were two:1. “arise, go to Nineveh”2. “cry against it” : God’s commandments were two:1. “arise, go to Nineveh”2. “cry against it” This illustrates the mercy of God. The God of Israel warns men of their sinful ways, seeking to turn them from destruction . BUT……when God told Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh to repent, the prophet turned the other direction and fled! : BUT……when God told Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh to repent, the prophet turned the other direction and fled! Slide 4: He arose to flee God’s presence and the place where He told Him to go, thinking no doubt that if he did not warn Nineveh God would destroy the inhabitants –the enemies of his people. …the consequences of turning away from God! Spot someone who runs from commitment, and you’ll find a person who lacks character! : Spot someone who runs from commitment, and you’ll find a person who lacks character! Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: : Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: 1. We miss the privilege of partnership with God (vv 2-3) NIV Jonah 1 : NIV Jonah 1 v2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." v3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. How important are you? : How important are you? More than you think. A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks. If the nail factory closes, what good is the hammer factory? A cracker maker will do better if there is a cheecemaker How important are you? : How important are you? The most skillful surgeon needs the ambulance driver who delivers the patient. Just as an airplane pilot needs passengers, you need someone and someone needs you! LUKEWARMNESSmeans missing the opportunity of partnership with God in touching others’ lives! : LUKEWARMNESSmeans missing the opportunity of partnership with God in touching others’ lives! Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: : Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: 2. Our choice damages more people than we know. (v.4) NIV Jonah 1 : NIV Jonah 1 v4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. Note these: : Note these: Achan: his family and animals Jos 7:22-26 12 spies: the whole generation Num 14:20-23 Solomon: the whole kingdom 1 Kings 11:1 NIV 1 Peter 3:1-2 : NIV 1 Peter 3:1-2 v1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, v2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: : Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: 3. We become hardened and desensitized to the tragedies we cause (vv 5-8) NIV Jonah 1:5-8 : NIV Jonah 1:5-8 v5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. NIV Jonah 1:5-8 : NIV Jonah 1:5-8 v6 The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish." NIV Ezekiel 36 : NIV Ezekiel 36 v26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. v27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: : Jonah teaches us the consequences of avoiding God’s call to commitment: 4. We lose both integrity and trust (vv8-10) NIV Jonah 1:8-10 : NIV Jonah 1:8-10 v8 So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?" Slide 21: v9 He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land." v10 This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.) "What have you done?" : "What have you done?" It shows “broken expectations” from Jonah! His integrity and the people’s trust were damaged! What might have happened had Jonah failed to go? What if Jonah had rejected God’s call to commitment? What if he had avoided it and God never pursued him? History might be different… : What might have happened had Jonah failed to go? What if Jonah had rejected God’s call to commitment? What if he had avoided it and God never pursued him? History might be different… Fortunately, God comes for us when we run from commitment. Most of the time He gives us another opportunity, just as He did with Jonah.Note the stages lading to the second chance: : Fortunately, God comes for us when we run from commitment. Most of the time He gives us another opportunity, just as He did with Jonah.Note the stages lading to the second chance: Another/Second Chance: : Another/Second Chance: 1. A crisis of honest reflection 2. Recognition of failure or inability 3. Drawing near to God for empowerment 4. The opportunity to recommit ourselves. Slide 26: When Jonah moves away from God… It warns us and tells us to recommit ourselves to the Lord before the “rope” brakes! …before the rope breaks!

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