Jonah – a man with a very hard heart, with prejudices and preconceived notions of how God works, His message and who can receive it?
Jonah 1: Word of the Lord Given a commission, go to Nineveh and preach against the wickedness? Instead he goes in the opposite direction to Tarshish? However, he can’t remove himself from God’s presence.
Do you hear God’s command? What is your reaction? Do you run the opposite direction?
Are you comfortable in your prejudices and preconceived notions about God?
The Lord was still present, despite Jonah’s attempt at fleeing from God. Jonah was more concerned with himself than God’s commission. Even the pagan sailors feared the Lord. Jonah is tossed into the ocean as a sacrifice and is swallowed by a large fish.
Jonah 2: Jonah prays to God and is spewed onto the land. However his attitude still had not changed.
Jonah 3: Jonah receives the Lord’s commission, again. He goes to Nineveh and preached a warning of destruction by God. Hearing this warning, the Ninevites obeyed God. God changes his mind and does not destroy Nineveh. His attitude was not in the right place. What is your attitude when you relent and obey God?
Jonah 4: Jonah showed anger with God changing his mind, believing it was wrong to show grace to the Ninevites. What is your attitude when God shows grace on the wrong? Are you following your views or God’s view, ministry? Are following God’s command, his commission?
Mark 1:14-21: The disciples dropped what they were doing to follow Jesus. They heard God’s command!