Jonah 1:1-4:11 / Revelation 5:1-14 / Psalm 133:1-3 / Proverbs 29:26-27
Standout Chapter – Jonah
Jonah felt that, because of the Ninevites sin and rebellion, they were not only undeserving of, but were far beyond God’s grace and forgiveness. He wanted to see them pay the consequences of their sin and was resistant to extend to them God’s call to repentance.
Though the Ninevites were in fact living in sin and rebellion, GOD’S HEART FOR THEM WAS RESTORATION. When the people heard God’s message of conviction that Jonah reluctantly delivered, their hearts were quick to respond to their sin and they set about to fast, pray, humble themselves, turn away from their sin and toward God.
The Ninevites are a great example of true confession, repentance and change unto a restored relationship with the Lord. Jonah, on the other hand, is an example of “what not to do”. Despite spending 3 days in the belly of a whale, he chose to continue on with disobedience, bitterness and self-preservation. The hardening of his heart, a judgmental spirit and lack of mercy toward others cheated him out of experiencing the freedom and blessing of true fellowship with his God.