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Repentance
Revisited
JONAH
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son
of Amittai: Go to the great city of
Nineveh and preach against it, because
its wick...
“(The) operative equation by
which the book operates is that
Jonah becomes a surrogate
Nineveh.”
John Walton
“Then the Lord sent a great wind on the
sea, and such a violent storm arose that
the ship threatened to break up. All the
...
“Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let
us cast lots to find out who is responsible for
this calamity.” They cast...
“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he
replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is
my fault that this great s...
What was Jonah’s problem?
• He was running away from God
• He was indifferent to God’s “promptings”
and pressure
• He knew...
FISH
Near-Death / Indifference Saved from Death / Repentance
NINEVEH
“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a
second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and
proclaim to it the message I ...
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks,
taste anything; do not let them ...
The 80/20 (or 99/1) Rule
• A small number of employees (or students) in any
organisation (class) causes the most problems
...
What was Pharaoh’s “99/1” problem?
What was Jonah’s “99/1” problem?
What is Pastor Calvin’s “99/1” solution?
“It’s simple. I just remove
everything that is not David.”
3 Closing Questions
• How does our behaviour resemble
Jonah’s?
• Does God need to send a ‘big fish’
into our lives? In ord...
Repentance Revisited: A Brief Study of the Book of Jonah
Repentance Revisited: A Brief Study of the Book of Jonah
Repentance Revisited: A Brief Study of the Book of Jonah
Repentance Revisited: A Brief Study of the Book of Jonah
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Repentance Revisited: A Brief Study of the Book of Jonah

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Repentance Revisited: A Brief Study of the Book of Jonah

  1. 1. Repentance Revisited
  2. 2. JONAH
  3. 3. The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me. But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” Jonah 1:1-3
  4. 4. “(The) operative equation by which the book operates is that Jonah becomes a surrogate Nineveh.” John Walton
  5. 5. “Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.” ~ Jonah 1:4-6
  6. 6. “Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Jonah 1:7-10
  7. 7. “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.” Jonah 1:12-16
  8. 8. What was Jonah’s problem? • He was running away from God • He was indifferent to God’s “promptings” and pressure • He knew all the right things but he chose to live a lie (cf. the sailors didn’t know anything but they ‘did the right thing’) • The pagan sailors were more pious than the Hebrew prophet! • He was living a lie
  9. 9. FISH
  10. 10. Near-Death / Indifference Saved from Death / Repentance
  11. 11. NINEVEH
  12. 12. “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” ~ Jonah 3:1-5
  13. 13. “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” ~ Jonah 3:7-9
  14. 14. The 80/20 (or 99/1) Rule • A small number of employees (or students) in any organisation (class) causes the most problems • A small number of customers (or companies) generate (earn) the most revenue • Very few authors (or actors) sell the most books (make the most movies) • Famous people (or thinkers) are famous for one ‘area’ (or idea) • One dangerous (or good) friend can totally transform our character • One (or two) sins exert disproportionate control over our lives?
  15. 15. What was Pharaoh’s “99/1” problem?
  16. 16. What was Jonah’s “99/1” problem?
  17. 17. What is Pastor Calvin’s “99/1” solution?
  18. 18. “It’s simple. I just remove everything that is not David.”
  19. 19. 3 Closing Questions • How does our behaviour resemble Jonah’s? • Does God need to send a ‘big fish’ into our lives? In order to save us from ourselves? • What is that crucial evil way we must repent of?

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