Jonah 1:1-10: Embracing God's Call and Waking From Spiritual Slumber

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God wants all people to be saved

2 Peter 3:9 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
We are called to warn the world of their impending doom
We don’t get to decide who He saves

Jonah is called to the worst of the worst

Jonah 1:1 (ESV)
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Kings 14:25 (ESV)
He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher.
Jonah 1:1 (ESV)
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Jonah 1:2 (ESV)
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.”
Jonah 1:2 (ESV)
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.

Jonah heads in the opposite direction

Jonah 1:3 (ESV)
But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

Ignoring God’s call hurts bystanders

Jonah 1:4 (ESV)
But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.

Jonah has totally ignored his responsibility

Jonah 1:5 (ESV)
Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.

Jonah goes from rejecting God’s command to taking man’s command

Jonah 1:6 (ESV)
So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

Jonah is found out

Jonah 1:7–8 (ESV)
And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”
Jonah 1:9–10 (ESV)
And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

What is this you have done?

How many people can ask this about each of us?

We have been commissioned like Jonah

Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV)
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

But many of us are asleep during the storm

How many lives will be destroyed during our slumber?

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