Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Jonah’s Death Wish

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Jonah’s Death Wish

Jonah’s Death Wish

Jonah 3:10-4:11


Sermon Synopsis: Jonah’s death wish was an expression of being out of step with the will of God.  We do not have to struggle to understand why Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh.  There were a lot of other places that suited him better.  He chose the one that was in the opposite direction of Nineveh.  Jonah told the sailors on the boat to throw him into the sea, because he would rather die than go to Nineveh.  Jonah wasn’t any happier when he finally went to Nineveh.  He was still out of step with the will of God.  He was angry enough to die.

      Now consider the story of Saul of Tarsus.  He didn’t like anybody who wasn’t a Jew like himself.  His conversion experience isn’t a fish story like Jonah, but it was life changing.  Saul (Hebrew of the Hebrew) became Paul (Greek form of his name) Apostle to the Gentiles.  He never stopped preaching and reaching out to those he once hated.  Paul’s death wish was an expression of being in step with the will of God.  He was ready to go just as soon as God was finished with him on earth. 

      “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (Psalm 145:8.NIV)  Have you experienced his grace today?  Have you extended God’s grace to others?  Have you gone to your Nineveh yet?


Scripture References: Psalm 145:8; Jonah 3:10-4:11; Phil. 1:21-30

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