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The Heart | Jonah 4

The existence of this chapter is one of my favorite aspects about the book of Jonah. It is very easy when recalling the events of this book to leave out the final chapter. To be fair, I understand why it is easy to forget. Chapter three would have been a great ending for the book. …

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The Miracle | Jonah 3

Many occurrences in the book of Jonah have been described as miracles (the storm, the fish, etc.), yet as we have seen, most are simply God’s display of authority within nature. Miracle must be unnatural (or supernatural), and storms, fish, and plants are all common to the natural world. However, repentance certainly is a miracle. …

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The Rescue | Jonah 1:17-2:10

This sermon was originally preached in 2015. Having now almost covered the first chapter the Jonah, we note that Jonah is not a sympathetic character. Jonah is not the archetypical hero for whom we cheer. In many ways, Jonah is not even remotely a pleasant person based upon what we have read. Fortunately, in this …

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The Storm | Jonah 1:4-16

Three times in the previous three verses, we were given reference to the presence of the LORD. First, the wickedness of Nineveh arose to His presence, and twice we are told that Jonah ran from God’s presence. The major problem with this action is that God is omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere. Jonah’s plan …

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The Message | Jonah 1:1-3

This sermon was originally preached in 2015. These first three verses may seem small and inconsequential at first glance, but within them is the entire premise of the book of Jonah. While opening in the traditional style of Old Testament prophetic literature, Jonah quickly diverges away from the typical path because of Jonah’s disobedience. Through …

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Background on Jonah

Author Anonymous, possibly Jonah himself. Though there is some debate that Ezra (or some other post-exilic author) scribed this account. The evidence is simply too scant to take a decisive position; therefore, all suggestions are the best estimations of scholars.             Theme God will have mercy and compassion on whomever He pleases. Background Jonah is …

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Introduction to Jonah

These sermons were originally preached in 2015. We could assign many titles to a study through the book of Jonah. The Reluctant Prophet would be fitting since Jonah was just that. Perhaps The Compassion of God would be more suited, considering the fact that the great love of God is on full display throughout the …

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