Lost and Found
- Jonah 2:1 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:2 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:3 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:4 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:5 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:6 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:7 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:8 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:9 (ESV)
- Jonah 2:10 (ESV)
Maybe Christians come off as being judgmental, self-righteous, and prideful because we have seemingly forgotten what we have been saved from in God's grace. Well, in this passage, the LORD desires to conform Jonah's heart as well as the Church's to the desires of His heart—to extend grace and mercy to the wicked for salvation.
I. Remember the Terror of Being Lost
A. Being lost is like drowning.
1. People who experience a near death drowning experience never forget about the terror of the experience.
a. In the same way, Jonah experiences such an experience when he is cast overboard by the sailors.
i. Note that, as Jonah goes deeper and deeper in the ocean, he finds that the autonomy that he once desired is in reality a terrible feeling of possibly never seeing God.
B. Being lost is like being in Sheol.
1. In other words, being lost is like being as far removed from the presence of God as possible, for Sheol was the equivalent to hell to Hebrews reading the Old Testament.
a. The Christian, no matter the weight of his/her sin, must realize that this is what it's like to be outside the fellowship of God.
II. Remember the Joy of Being Found
A. Being saved from the rebellion of God is abandonment of the One who loves you.
1. In Jonah's rescue (v. 8), he realizes that the forsaking of God is like forsaking one's steadfast love.
a. From this passage and Jonah's experience, we can reason that God has the best interest of His saints in mind and truly loves them rather than desires them to live a life of burden and misery.
i. Cf. Matt. 12:38-42
b. Christians, then, must rember the joy of his/her salvation.
i. One way for one to do so is to immerse him-/ herself in the Word of God, which will constantly identify the sinfulness of man while highlighting the gracious salvation of God.
ii. Furthermore, the Christian must also be careful not to remove him-/herself from the presence of nonbelievers for Christians have the opportunity to both lead tIhe lost to the path of salvation and be reminded of what exactly it was like to be outside of the fellowship of God.
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