Jonah 3: Jonah Goes to Nineveh
1 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."
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.
4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"
5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
The People of Nineveh Repent
6 The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water,
8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
9 Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish."
10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Things to think about…
1.Second time lucky! Jonah is called to go to Nineveh a second time, Jon 3:2. This time he obeys without question. What is the Lord bringing back to your attention that you have ignored up to this point? Often we need a jolt to get us to listen?
2.How did Jonah survive this calling to preach against Nineveh? Think about it. Assyria was the superpower and Nineveh was the capital. Israel was paying tribute to Assyria by this time. Jonah says, "forty days then you will be overthrown", Jon 3:4. Have you ever been called to do something for Christ that could put your life in danger? Paul tells us that we should 'die daily' for the gospel.
3.The Assyrians were among the most brutal people to have ever lived. They did atrocious things to those they encountered in battle – the flaying of skin by tearing strips off their captives was one of their specialties. Here they not only repent, but they fast and cover themselves in sackcloth, not just the people, but all the livestock as well. Has this level of repentance ever been exhibited in the history of Israel or any other nation whether Christian or otherwise at any point in history? God had great mercy, because there was great humility and repentance. May the Lord grant this level of repentance to Australia (even with all our livestock J) especially in this season of drought and fire over our country.
4.The king of Nineveh was the instigator of such an overwhelming response. The leaders of nations are in an incredible position of influence and responsibility. Let's pray for our government in Australia. We have as a people voted against God's revealed laws, but that does not mean we cannot repent. Pray for the Lord to have mercy over our nation. We are also slipping scholastically with our children being three years behind China and not ranking well compared with many other OECD countries - https://www.smh.com.au/education/alarm-bells-australian-students-record-worst-result-in-global-tests-20191203-p53gie.html
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
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 on Sat 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 finishes 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