Embrace Grace (Jonah 2)

The book of Jonah is about a gracious God trying to save his rebellious, stubborn prophet named Jonah. Jonah was told to get up and go to Nineveh to preach judgment to them. Jonah has rejected the word of the Lord and is determined to quit being God’s prophet. He goes down to Joppa, pays the fare, and goes to sleep in the lowest part of the ship. God sends a storm to spiritually awaken his wayward prophet. However, Jonah ignores the storm, ignores the message of the storm, and ignores the solution to the storm. The sailors challenge Jonah for running from the presence of the Lord. Jonah’s solution is not to repent, confess his sin, pray, or lift any finger toward God. Rather, Jonah instructs the sailors to throw him into the sea. Jonah would rather die by drowning in the sea than return to the Lord. So the sailors throw Jonah into the sea. This brings us to the end of Jonah 1. Open your copies of God’s word to the last verse in Jonah 1…

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