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Jonah: God Gives Second Chances

Ticked At God – Jonah 4:1-11

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God Gives Second Chances

Ticked at God
Jonah 4:1-11

Ryan Heller

November 20, 2011

My Anger

I.              My anger takes my eyes off of God as I focus on myself

But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
Jonah 4:1-3 (NIV)


II.             My anger keeps me from rejoicing with and serving others

 

Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.
Jonah 4:5 (NIV)


III.            My anger makes me irrational

 

Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
Jonah 4:3 (NIV)

God’s Compassion


I.              God shows his compassion through His patience

 

But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”
Jonah 4:4 (NIV)

II.             God shows his compassion through His correction

 

Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.
Jonah 4:6 (NIV)

But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.
Jonah 4:10 (NIV)

III.            God shows his compassion through His personal concern

But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
Jonah 4:11 (NIV)