An Unforgetable Lesson in Mercy (Jonah 4:1-11)

Pastor Billy NewhousePastor Billy Newhouse, May 13, 2012
Part of the Oceans of Mercy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Friends, have you ever wondered what God is doing in your life? Have you ever wondered why the cool shade of the plant has been replaced by a scorching east wind? Have you ever wondered why God’s plan for your life is different than your plan? God has been teaching Jonah about Himself throughout this whole book and even though Jonah is a slow learner God continues to patiently pursue him. Jonah has an understanding of God that is small and inaccurate. Jonah cares about God’s glory – he is just off in his limited understanding. God’s compassion extends well beyond the Israelites and God is teaching Jonah that he is the God of all who believe in him and call upon his name. God has a great compassion not just for the Israelites, but for the lost people all over the world. Friends, can you relate to Jonah? Is your vision of God perhaps smaller than it should be? Do you find yourself loving temporary things more than people created in God’s own image? Ponder on these realities and rejoice that One greater than Jonah has come.

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Jonah 4:1-11

1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? 5So 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. 6And 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. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? (KJV)

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