Sermon Notes for this Sunday's message from Calvary Baptist Church
Jonah’s MIssion - Serve the Lord
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.”
Jonah’s Response - Rebellion
3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah’s Position - Unrepentant
12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
Jonah’s Punishment - Death
15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.
Jonah is still in rebellion against God as he is thrown into the sea. It is important to remember that as long as we remain in rebellion, death awaits us as well!
There is some question as to whether or not Jonah dies in the belly of the fish. Those who say he lived interpret this passage as God saving Jonah from death and Jonah showing repentance in the belly of the fish.
Thos who claim Jonah does believe that Jonah is actually praying from Sheol, which is commonly interpreted as hell.
Either way, we see in this passage that someone in rebellion against God is doomed unless God intervene iss on their behalf.
Jonah’s Prayer showed that he has repented from hi rebellion and is willing to obey God’s instructions
7 When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. 8 Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. 9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
Scripture is clear that repentance is not a work, but a necessary step to salvation. It means changing your minds and choosing to follow after God, leaving your sin behind.
17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
2 Corinthians 7:9–10
9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.