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Jonah 4 - God's Heart and Jonah's Anger

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Intro:

What makes you angry? Pet Peeves?
Elisabeth leaves the cap just on the toothpaste
Jonah get’s angry with God! Because He’s too merciful!

REFRESH

Last week:
JONAH OBEYED AND PREACHED
NINEVEH REPENTED
GOD RELENTED
Main Points:
Real Repentance is marked by genuine turning from sin/idols - earnest plea crying out to God.
God’s willingness to forgive sin and relent of punishment
This week the book focuses in on God’s heart and Jonah’s heart and teaches us about how we should think about ourselves and others!

Walk through Text

Noteworthy:
Emotions - Eceedingly
The Reason Jonah fled
The Character of God
Jonah desire to die - repeated
God’s questioning the legitimacy of Jonah’s anger
Object lesson of the plant: You pity a temporary fleeting plant that gave you shade.... HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD IO PITY NINEVEH!
God’s Sovereignty - repetition of appointed

Similarities and Difference between Nineveh and the Plant

Similar:
Jonah’s anger - angry enough to die (diff. motives)
Object lessons for Jonah
Created by God
Different:
Jonah pitied the plant vs detested Nineveh
Jonah did not create the plant but God created Nineveh
Nineveh - great city - plant , small insignifcant life
Emphasis on God’s care for people who he has created.
This care isn’t based on their performance and goodness!
This Care isn’t conditional but based on the fact that God created them in His own image and pities them! God pities them because of their lack of knowledge (don’t know there right hand from their left)
Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV)
Matthew 9:36–38 ESV
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
God’s Heart toward us:
Compassion, pity, steadfast love and mercy! WHY
because he made us! He loves us not because were so lovable, not because we are such good Christians but because we are his creation!

2 Questions:

What is God’s Heart toward You?
Parable of the prodigal son!
2. What is your heart toward others?
Jonah’s example - celebrates God’s mercy in his life, doens’t want it for his enemies.
Who are your enemies?
How do you treat them?
How do you talk about them to your friends?
Jesus came for the sinners not the righteous…
Who do you look down on..
the LGBTQ+
the misbehaving youth
your siblings
friends, neighbours
Their his creation, in his image, with real value!
have a heart like God - slow to anger, abound in steadfast love!
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