Jonah 4:1-3 1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."
● God is not intimidated by your brokenness; Jonah is a clear example of God’s ability to use the unlikely for His glory.
“Abundant sin is no match to the superabundant grace of God”- Charles H. Spurgeon
Jonah’s brokenness did not prevent God from using him. Why? God is compassionate.
● Here are other examples of God using broken people for His glory: ○ Elijah; 1 Kings 19: 1-4
○ Elijah, Jonah, and other Biblical figures are only human, not superhuman; Cf. James 5:17-18
○ The Supernatural is all God; Cf. 2 Corinthians 4: 5-9 ○ Paul: the Broken Apostle, Redeemed; Cf. Acts 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:9-10
Jonah 4:4-6 4 And the LORD said, "Do you do well to be angry?" 5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6 Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.
● God Models Compassion Before Jonah using the Plant ○ God’s Compassion for Adam & Eve; Cf. Genesis 3:21 ○ Examples of God’s Compassionate Nature; Cf. Psalm 86:15, Lamentations 3:22-23
○ God’s Compassion for Israel; Cf. Exodus 34:4-6; Micah 7:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-4; Hebrews 4:14-16
Jonah 4:7-11 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, "It is better for me to die than to live." 9 But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the plant?" And he said, "Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die." 10 And the LORD said, "You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?"
Jonah Must Realize His Own Need for Mercy Born out of Compassion
● Mercy born out of compassion challenges the part of us that hungers for justice. Colossians 3:12-14 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts , kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Cf. Luke 10:33-37
...So Compassionately Carry the Gospel into the City!
● The message all Christians have been given to carry is the gospel; Cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
● You have a story that can change the world; Cf. John 4:27-30, 39-42
The two are related; Cf. Revelation 12:10-11
Time to ask yourself: What does mission look like for me?