ANGRY WITH GOD
Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Jonah 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Brothers, we also sometime choose not to do what God is telling us to do. We wrongly believe that we can run and hide from Gods commands and presence in our lives. It is so foolish to think that he will not know your heart and mind. He will not forget what He asked you to do for Him. Just as surely as He knows where you are. Jonah chose to go in another direction, he paid his fare for captain of the ship to take him to Tarshish instead of Nineveh.
Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
Jonah 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
Jonah 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
Jonah 1:8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
Jonah 1:9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
Jonah 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
Jonah 1:11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
Jonah 1:12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
Jonah 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
Jonah 1:14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.
Jonah 1:15 So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
Jonah 1:16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Do you see that Jonah's refusal to follow God's assignment put himself, and all of those who where around him in jeopardy of loosing their very lives. We also put ourselves and our family in danger when we refuse to do what God expects of us. Brothers you can not hide from God just as Jonah could not hide. Jonah was swallowed up by the great fish that God had waiting just for him.
Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,
Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Jonah 2:3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Jonah 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
Jonah 2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
Jonah 2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Brothers, Jonah spent three days in what he called the belly of hell there in the fish. He repented and told God that he would pay that that he had vowed if only he would be saved. Friends when we have had trials and tribulations come upon us we to have repented of not doing what God had told us to do. We also have vowed to do what he asked if only He would deliver us from our tribulations. Do you see here brothers that there can be great consiquinces for our refusing to not do what He has told us to do.
Jonah 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Jonah 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
Jonah 3:3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.
Jonah 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
Jonah rose up and went into Nineveh and told all who would listen that the city would be over thrown in forty days. Now he had finally done what God had told him to do. But, had he really learned anything.
Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
Jonah 3:6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
Jonah 3:7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
Now the people of Nineveh from the king down believed what God had said through Jonah. They fast and prayed for God's forgiveness and repented of their sins.
Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Brothers, God saw that the people of Nineveh had indeed repented and turned back to Him and he said that they would not be overthrown, and he did it not.
Jonah 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
Now see that Jonah got very angry at God because he had changed his mind and was not now going to have them overthrown. So let us look back on the last few days of Jonah's life. First he ran and tried to hide form God after refusing to go and warn the people of Nineveh. He was overthrown from the ship and spent three days in the belly of a great fish. He repented and was vomited up on dry land. He then walked the three day journey to preach the message, that God had given him to preach to the people of Nineveh. Now Jonah was very angry with God for not overthrowing Nineveh after they repented.
Do you see that Jonah had received forgiveness in the belly of the fish, but when the Nineveh people received forgiveness of God, then Jonah was angry with God for his having forgiven them. So to are some of my brothers in this day when we are forgiven, but are made angry when someone else is prospered after doing some wrong, and repented of that wrong.
Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
Jonah got so angry with God that he begged God to take his life. Wow, this is one more stuborn man.
Jonah 4:5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.
He would not leave his place of watch until his hope of the city being overthrown had come to pass. He sat there for day in and day out watching.
Jonah 4:6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
God caused a gourd too grow up from the grown to provide a shade for his head, and Jonah was exceeding glad for the gourd.
Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
Jonah 4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
Here he goes again begging to die because the gourd had died and left him in the sun and the wind.
Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
God said to Jonah, does it do you well to be angry even unto death. Again Jonah is asking to die because the gourd has died.
Jonah 4:10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:
God asked Jonah if he is sad and withing to die because the gourd has died. He tells him that he did nothing to cause the gourd to grow, and now you say again that you wish to die.
Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
We are not told weather Jonah repented again and went on about doing God's work or weather he got his wish and died.
Our lesson here from Jonah is that we should do as God asks us to do. We can not run and hide from God and can not refuse to do what he has told us to do. Our obligation is to do or say what He tells us, and after that we are to accept God's will and sow, plant, water or gather what ever he asks of us. It does us no good to get angry with God my brothers. This is the lesson that the book of Jonah teaches us.
God Bless you my brothers,
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