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Book of Jonah Chapter Four. The Conclusion
Chapter four highlights the danger of anger. Jonah is very resentful towards God and his gracious work of salvation. Yet, God never gives Jonah the luxury of expressing his anger without regard for damages. The question is: Will we ever learn? Jonah was like many Christians and preachers through the ages... he only grew bitter... not better.
I. Jonah's Pride Brings Anger - vs.1-2
He Questions God - vs.2a ...was not this...?...
He Quarrels With God - vs.2b ...I fled..
II. Jonah's Pride Brings Danger - vs.3,6
Book of Jonah Chapter Four... The Conclusion...
Note Why Jonah Is Rebuked By God... vs.5
a. He Is Prejudice - vs.5a ...So Jonah went out of the city...
b. He Is Presumptuous - vs.5b ...till he might see what wouldbecome of the city...
Note What Jonah Is Reminded of By God... vs.6,11
a. God Is Love - vs.6a ...the Lord prepared a gourd...to cover Jonah.
b. God Is Loved - vs.6b ...Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd...
c. God Is Lord - vs.7,11
1. Lord Of Creation - vs.7,8 ...God prepared a worm...and the sun beat on the head of Jonah...
2. Lord of Salvation - vs.9,11
Note God's Argument For Sinners - vs.9,10 ...God said to Jonah...
Note God's Aggressiveness For Sinners - vs.11a ...should not I spare Nineveh...
Note God's Assessment Of Sinners - vs.11b ...that cannot discern...
Like Jonah, a Christian can be at enmity with God. Jonah is a perfect example. He was enamored by his own pride. Yet, God dealt with Jonah as He does with all believers, not as an enemy, but as a Father (Proverbs 3:12).
Jonah was right, The world hates God. Yet, God loves the world (John 3:16). God hates sin, but He loves sinners. When the Church refuses to be enamored by carnal tendencies... Sinners will hear the relevance of Jesus Christ. The world cannot afford a worldly Church.
Dr. Arthur Belanger
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