Jonah: Judgement and Grace!
The Book of Jonah
Scene 1: Jonah, the Closed-Mouth Prophet (1:1–17)
“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.’ 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.”
Point: Rebellion means your heart is in conflict with God’s heart.
Scene 2: Jonah, the Reproved Prophet (1:17–2:10)
“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Point: We can know that God disciplines those he loves, and His discipline is for our good.
Scene 3: Jonah, the Restored Prophet (2:10-3:10)
Point: God's love is able to reach the rebellious and the wicked.
Scene 4: Jonah, The Inconsistent Prophet (4:1-11)
Point: Despite our inconsistencies, God still extends his grace and the possibility of change through the power of the gospel of Christ.