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Jonah study

  1. 1. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD Jonah 1 & 2
  2. 2. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GODJonah 11The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city ofNineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down toJoppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he wentaboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. 4 Then the LORD sent a greatwind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to breakup. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threwthe cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, wherehe lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “Howcan you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so thatwe will not perish.” 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots tofind out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell onJonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this troublefor us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is yourcountry? From what people are you?”
  3. 3. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, whomade the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What haveyou done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he hadalready told them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they askedhim, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me upand throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it ismy fault that this great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did theirbest to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder thanbefore. 14 Then they cried out to the LORD, “Please, LORD, do not let us die fortaking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, foryou, LORD, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw himoverboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared theLORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him. 17 Now theLORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fishthree days and three nights.
  4. 4. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GODJonah 21 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.2He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. 
From deep inthe realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 
3 You hurled meinto the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me;all your waves and breakers swept over me. 
4 I said, ‘I have been banished fromyour sight;yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ 
5 The engulfing watersthreatened me,the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me inforever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit. 7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose toyou, to your holy temple.8“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. 
9 But I,with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will makegood. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’”10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
  5. 5. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD• Jonah was a prophet• The Lord speaks to him• Commands him to…“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because itswickedness has come up before me.”
  6. 6. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD Nineveh • 500 miles north of Nazareth • Capital of Assyria • It was the world’s great superpower in the 7th and 8th century BC • An evil empire • Idol worship (Nanshe& Dagon) • The prophet Nahum called it “the city of blood”Nahum 3Woe to Nineveh“1Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims! 2 The crackof whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots! 3 Chargingcavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead, bodieswithout number, people stumbling over the corpses..”
  7. 7. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GODJonah ran away from God
  8. 8. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD What is that which God is calling you Nineveh is that one to do? place God calls you to that you’d least Are you running want to go. away fromIt is stepping out of your comfort zone. God too?
  9. 9. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD The book of Jonah is not just about a man who ran away from God…. … it is about how a great Godwas up to somethinggreat even through a runaway like Jonah!
  10. 10. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GODJonah 11 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city ofNineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down toJoppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he wentaboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. 4 Then the LORD sent a greatwind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw thecargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he laydown and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can yousleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we willnot perish.” 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find outwho is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So theyasked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind ofwork do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what peopleare you?”
  11. 11. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, whomade the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What haveyou done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had alreadytold them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “Whatshould we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throwme into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault thatthis great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did their best to row backto land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then theycried out to the LORD, “Please, LORD, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Donot hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, LORD, have done as youpleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging seagrew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice tothe LORD and made vows to him. 17 Now the LORD provided a great fish to swallowJonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
  12. 12. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GODJonah 11 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the greatcity ofNineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down toJoppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he wentaboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. 4 Then the LORD sent a greatwind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw thecargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he laydown and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, “How can yousleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we willnot perish.” 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find outwho is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So theyasked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind ofwork do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what peopleare you?”
  13. 13. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, whomade the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What haveyou done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had alreadytold them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “Whatshould we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throwme into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault thatthis great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did their best to row backto land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then theycried out to the LORD, “Please, LORD, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Donot hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, LORD, have done as youpleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grewcalm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to theLORD and made vows to him. 17 Now the LORD provided a great fish to swallowJonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
  14. 14. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD Even when life seems to be pointing down, our Great God is at work to lift you up…even when it seems as though you’re hitting rock bottom. The Book of Jonah is about a great God… a God of salvation and mercy and grace and power.
  15. 15. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD It is never too late, nor too soon to stop running from God Jesus always has the sameinvitation, "Just come running to me." Running away does notwork in life. It just doesnt work.
  16. 16. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GODAll it took to change Jonah’s circumstances was…. PRAYER… is all we need to change our circumstances!
  17. 17. THE MAN WHO RAN FROM GOD My Prayer“Heavenly Father, You know the truth about me, You know thatIam a runner, that I have a lot of Jonah in me. I get scared. I wantwhat I want. I shut the awareness of You out of my thoughts. I fleefrom Your presence, and yet always, God, the good news is You areat work in ways that I could not plan or even imagine. I pray rightnow, Heavenly Father, especially for the spiritual struggle that isgoing on in my heart and in my life. For the areas in my life that Ihave been running the other way, some for a long time, and Youcome right now and say, "Just run to Me, just come on home."Heavenly Father, would You help me to stop running away? Helpme to know what a good and loving and great God You are. I askthis grace in Jesus name, - Amen.”

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