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MEDICINE FOR PUNY
Jonah chapters 1-4
Regardless of where we are in life as a christian; God always has a
regimen of what we need to get us back on the "straight and narrow"
when we drift and for
that reason I
titled the message- "Spiritual Disobedience and Medicine for puny
Christians". Jonah's relationship
with God parallels that of most Christians.
In Chapter 1 Jonah was Running From God.
In Chapter 2 Jonah was Running To God.
In Chapter 3 Jonah was Running With God.
In Chapter 4 Jonah was Running Ahead of God.
1- Jonah was a disobedient Preachers kid.
Kings 14:25 tells us
that he was the son of Amitti the priest and was a God called preacher
as revealed in that verse. Jonah had preached many times but he
just couldn't see himself being a missionary to Nineveh.
2- Jonah was well aquainted with what God
expected of His Preachers!
first hand what God's instructions were concerning soul winning.
Proverbs 11:30-"He that winneth
souls is wise". Like many of us New Testament believers, he
wanted the easy way out
for his life. God prepared a whale to get Jonah motivated to go to the
field. Have you ever refused The Lords calling? There are consequences
for not obeying the call to service!
Jonah and most Christians have 5 things in
1-He received his call.
We are all called to do something for the Lord.
"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance".
This verse is telling
us that we might change our minds but God doesn't change his!
Jonah chapter 1:1- "The
word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying arise, go
to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against
it; for their wickedness
is come up before me". I believe
that God has a call and a
purpose for every believer. It might not be as an ordained minister but
there is a divine job for each of us.
2- He refused
chapter 1:5- "But Jonah rose
up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord and went down to
Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare
thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the
presence of the Lord".
many of us,
wiggled out of serving God.
(A)- Jonah 1:5-
"Jonah rose up to
(B)- Jonah 1:5- "he found a ship and paid the fare
(C)- Jonah 1:5- "from the presence of the Lord". Two times in this verse.
Jonah got on a boat with a group of worldly people and sailed to a
carnal city named Tarshish. Anytime you are running with a worldly
crowd in disobedience to God's word, you are going to pay the fare
thereof and some times it cost you dearly!
(2)- when God calls you to
him; you might run but you can't hide!
(A)- God's judgment was
Jonah 1:4- "The
Lord sent a great wind".
(B)- Jonah's sin was revealed.
Jonah 1:7- "They cast lots"
to see who was
causing the problem.
God was about to destroy
the boat Jonah and the mariners were on but the Mariners found out
who God was after and threw
Jonah overboard. When a christian causes the worldly crown a problem
they are ready to get rid of them instead of giving a helping hand and
(C)- Serving God was not an option.
Romans 11:29- "For the gifts and
calling of God are
without repentance". You might change your mind but God never
changes His! I shall never forget some of the experiences we
during Bible College days: God allowed trials to come in order to
harden us for the journey ahead but we came out on the other side the
better for them but one Bible College student made a statement during
one of our Chapel services saying; "I got up this
morning and threw in the towel but God threw it back at me". That
is pretty much the way it is when God calls you to the Ministry! In
Jonah chapter 1:4- "But the Lord
sent out a great wind into
the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship
was like to be broken".
The world loves for God to chasten a rebellious christian!
was cast overboard. Lost people will accuse backslidden Christians of
serving a God that doesn't really care about them. They say if God
cared for you life wouldn't give you all the problems that are coming
your way but they fail to realize that God chastens those he loves and
brings them back into fellowship so he can bless them!
(B)- Jonah was swallowed by a great
didn't care if Jonah perished in order to save their own
hides and the world has the same attitude toward you and me! When you
are in trouble, don't expect sympathy from a worldly crowd!
3- He renewed his commitment.
Second chance given.
Chapter 3:1-"And the word of the
Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, arise, go to Nineveh,
that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee".
God is a God of second
chance. He always gives his people a second chance but there is a
deadline for refusing to obey the Lord!
(2)- Sensible service
When the great fish spat Jonah out on the shore he
hit the ground running toward Nineveh!
Chapter 3:3- "So Jonah arose, and
went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord".
There are many puny
Christians like Jonah who have to be dealt with severely before God can
get them motivated! Jonah was thrown overboard and was swallowed by a
great fish before he began to realize that serving God isn't so bad
Laodicean christians in
churches today don't care if the Mission
program fails or if the home front is without souls being
how the Lord is going to let it continue!
comes to you the
second time; it would be in your
best interest to obey his instructions! Why then are we so stubborn and
rebellious? Many times in scripture God called his people; "A
rebellious people". When this happens, you can look for
Another thing that
Jonah did not consider
was prayer until it was too late!
Chapter 2:1- "JONAH PRAYED"
but that was after
in the pit of despair in
the whales belly. How about you ? Do you wait until things
get out of control before you think it is necessary to pray ?
people are like Jonah when it comes to
prayer. They never get
around to it until tragedy comes. Jonah refused to listen to the Lord
until he was desolate and despondent! He then cried unto the Lord for
help! Does that sound familiar ?
beginning his argument might have
been something like this: Those
Gentile dogs are heathen
people and God haters. They live like dogs
and I don't want to associate with them! Many christians today have the
same excuse for not witnessing to a lost
and dying world. Some of the Indian people in Alaska where we worked as
missionaries, are something like those that Jonah was sent to witnessed
attitudes contrary to our way of thinking but God loves them the same
as you and me!
God's Call the second time.
(1)- Chapter 3:3- "Jonah
went out ".
Jonah went to
Neneveh where God instructed
him to go.
Chapter 3:4- "Jonah
cried out ".
(A)- The Preaching of
God's word brought
Jonah 3:4- "And
Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and
said, yet fourty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown".
1:21- "For after that in the
wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the
foolishness of preaching to save them that believe".
When we proclaim God's
word, sinners will
have the opportunity to hear and be saved as they did at
(B)- They heard God's word and accepted it.
Chapter 5:1- "So the people of Nineveh believed God, and
proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even
to the least of them".
Romans 10:17- "So then faith
cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God".
The preaching of Gods word
brings salvation as evidenced
by Jonah proclaiming the word of God with 60,000 people accepting
the Grace of God and being saved. It
started with the King and made it's way down to the
lowest servant. Jonah 3: 6-10.
5- Jonah Relaxed
while on duty.
(Which brought worm medicine for a puny christian)- Jonah 4:7.
Jonah 4:5- "So Jonah went out of the city, and sat
on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under
it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city".
and watching is not what God instructs his preachers to do. Jonah
should have continued in service.
2 Timothy 4:2- "Preach the word, be instant in
season and out of season, to reprove, rebuke, to exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine".
(B)- God removed the comfort zone.
Jonah 4:7- "God prepared a worm
and it smote the gourd".
Here is where God
prepared "Worm Medicine" for a puny Christian!
Many times in
of believers, God has to intervene in order to get us moving in the
direction he has mapped out for us. The gourd had become a comfort zone
for Jonah and he was content to sit and pout rather than jump and shout
over the multitude of souls who were being saved!
God's people need to be like Jonah in Ch. 3:4. "Jonah cried out".
warned sinners of the judgment to come.
(2)- He preached Hell is hot.
preached sinners are eternally damned.
(4)- He preached repentance is
(5)- He preached time is short.
(6)- He preached mercy is available
(7)- He preached that God is no respecter of persons.
When He preached God is no respecter of
persons, 60,000 souls were saved
from the King down to the least of them. My, what a soul saving
meeting that must have been. I would like to witness such a
moving of God's power in the day and hour in which we live and see Men
and Women; Boys and Girls come to
Jesus and trust His mighty grace to save. I would like to see God's
Church get burdened for lost souls, for each other and their community.
If we would do this, we would experience the Power of God and Souls
would be saved as well as Missionaries sent unto the uttermost parts of
earth. My how great it would be to see politicians being saved from the
White house down to the court houses across America as Jonah saw at
Nineveh. We could expect to see God and the ten commandments back in
State Capitols, back in the School houses and in your and my
you and I are willing to dedicate our lives to that purpose and get out
from under our gourd vine to serve God and live a consecrated life, it