Jonah lesson 7

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Jonah 2:8
An Excurses
I Propose the we be henceforth called:
The Harvester Class
• Matt 9:37-38
• "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are
few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord
of the harvest to send out laborers into his
8 Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their hope of steadfast love.
• Jonah’s reference here is not only of others:
– The heathen generally
– The mariners
• He himself has followed idols:
– His will
– His disobedience
– His plan
• Now these testify against him
• If forsaking The Lord, we forsake our only hope
Every idol of man whispers promises to his heart
All of then lie having no power
None of them can love him
None can bestow mercy
• How glorious is Our father that He will condescend to consider us at all!
9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!"
Jonah reasons by faith that the fact that he is not dead is a
harbinger of God’s mercy
By faith he apprehends his deliverance
He expects to see the temple again
He will sacrifice there in thanksgiving for his deliverance
He has made vows
– Doubtless they have to do with obedience to the Lords calling
– Vows to the Lord are solemn things
• Salvation belongs to the Lord
– With Jonah’s recognition of this, Jonah is ready to rejoin his
– If the Lord desires the deliverance of Nineveh, then that is His
business – Salvation is His to give
10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited
Jonah out upon the dry land.
• The fish had more sense than Jonah
• A speculation: Jonah was deposited on whatever beach
was nearest Nineveh
– The Lord is efficient
– He will brook no further delay in the execution of His will
• The vehicle for Jonah’s punishment has become the
vehicle for his delivery
• It is dry land
– This occurring at sea would have meant
Jonah’s death
– In bringing Jonah to dry land, He has
all that is required for his salvation
3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second
time, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city,
and call out against it the message that I tell you."
• The word of the Lord came to Jonah the first time under
very different circumstances
• Now Jonah is greatly changed, but the Lord is the same
• The Lord expects alacrity from his servants
• His purposes are never thwarted
• His desire is to show mercy to Nineveh
• Great city – One dirty and reeking prophet accompanied by
the Lord will be more than a match for this adversary
• The message that Jonah will bring is not his
– The Lord has given us the message to bring
– He has told us the method
– We are not at liberty to modify either
3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the
word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly
great city, three days' journey in breadth.
• The will to resist The Lord is gone from our prophet
• The word of he Lord – Jonah is now in 100% percent
compliance mode
• An exceedingly Great city
– Some 60 miles around
– Its walls are 100 feet high
– Three carriages may pass abreast upon
– The are adorned by 1500 towers each
200 feet high
– It is a city greater than Babylon in its glory
• Three days journey in breadth

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