Jonah 4: Jonah's Anger and the LORD's Compassion
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.
3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."
4 And the LORD said, "Do you do well to be angry?"
5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
6 Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.
7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered.
8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
9 But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the plant?" And he said, "Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die."
10 And the LORD said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labour, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.
11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?"
Things to think about…
1.Look at Jonah's point in Jon 4:2. The whole reason he didn't want to go on this mission trip was because he knew the Lord would spare Nineveh. Wouldn't it be great to preach to those in our city knowing that God would be merciful to them and they would repent? Do we have this confidence in our knowledge of our Lord's character?
2.Jonah wants to die because the Ninevites received mercy. He believes he has betrayed his nation and himself as a Jew by telling the city of its impending destruction. Think about it. If the Assyrians had been destroyed at this time large parts of Judah and Israel would have been spared from Assyria's eventual invasion of Israel which would happen after this time from 722 to 701BC. Do you rejoice when those you struggle with receive mercy from the Lord?
3.Jonah was clearly an emotional and reactive type of person. He even responds back to the Lord that it was right to be angry with Him for taking the plant away. Jonah responds by saying "angry enough to die", Jon 4:9. Sounds like an insolent spoilt child doesn't he. Do you have a tantrum when the Lord's will seems to put you in a place of discomfort? No doubt the Lord is teaching you a valuable lesson.
4.God cares not only for the people of Nineveh, 120, 000 souls, but also the livestock, Jon 4:11. Why did God have pity on Nineveh but not upon Sodom and Gomorrah and their people and livestock? Is there inconsistency with God? The will of the Lord is just. Only faith makes sense of this reality in all seasons of life. Pray for our city who in like manner "do not know their right hand from their left", when it comes to spiritual realities and their accountability before a holy God.
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For Cell groups
"A day like no other" – reading 2 Peter 3:1-13.
1.Do you ever think about your death? What about the day of your death. What would you want to say to your closest family and friends at that time?
2.These are Peter's last thoughts and words to his hearers before he departs this world, 2Pet1:13-15. His focus is upon how they should live in the light of the fact that Jesus is coming back, 2Pet 3:11. Peter says the earth is reserved for fire, but people 'deliberately overlook facts', vss 5 and 8. What facts do they willfully overlook?
3.We know that Jesus spoke about His return in Matt 24. He said He will come like a thief. Nobody will expect His return. What would you like to happen before Jesus comes back, regarding yourself and others?
4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season where we celebrate the greatest gift to humanity. Why not invite someone along to these services!
1.Those finishing work and study. Pray for our Carols and Christmas Day services.
2.Pray regarding continuing fire danger again this week. Qld, SA and NSW. High fire danger alerts still around.
3.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.
4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.
5.Ministries as they finish this term– PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
6.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.
7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
8.Sunday's messages. "A life on the run"" Jonah 1 in the morning and "White lies vs Murder" – 6pm Sunday night.
9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
10.Church finances to meet our expenses.
11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.New people again on Sunday. Many visitors on Sunday night.
2.Praise God for the rain that fell on Sunday!
3.Praise God for Peter and Recharge ministry this year.
4.Men's brekky lastSat morning – Thanks Tim Freeman for leading the ministry
5.Podcast area getting closer to being done.
6.Scotty Dunn had a successful operation – now recovering at home.
7.More people wanting to join as members at CBC.
8.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.
9.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Josh and team.
10.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Backwell group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.
3.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children break-up this Sunday morning.
4.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.
5.Recognition of service – To all our amazing ministry leaders, 15th Dec Axiom service – 6pm.
6.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.
7.Christmas Day service – 9:00am – Wednesday 25th December.
Q. 7. What do we pray for in the first petition?
A. That God's name may be honoured by us and all men.
Bible Reference – Ps.8:1; Ps.72:17-19; Ps.113:1-3; Ps145:21;Is.8:13.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3