Jonah Chapter 3

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Jonah 3

1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

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.

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  1. 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:

    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.

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    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.

    The importance of fasting and prayer

  2. 1. And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

    2. Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    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.

    And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise…So Jonah arose…

    He learned from his mistake, and so should we; it will save us (and possibly many others) a lot of trouble.

  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.

    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.

    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.

    The people of Nineveh heard the message from the man of God and believed him. Even to the King. We think we have evrything figured out and who we need to witness to and not. Look we need to tell the world about Jesus, you never know who will accept this message.
    This was a city so large it was a three days journey to walk across that city, which would make it from 25 to 30 miles across.
    God had sent them a message of destruction YET FORTY DAYS AND I WILL DESTROY THIS CITY. I believe this was a very strong message, YOU HAVE FORTY DAYS TO LIVE!!!!
    Think about this 40 days, he was precise in his time frame. exactly 40 days. I am amazed at how God works, God was so angry at these people that he was ready to utterly destroy them.

    YET

    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.

    God saw their works
    God repented of the evil he thought to do against them.

    If we are willing to repent, God will forgive us. I am not talking about shedding some alligator tears but true repentance like the people of Nineveh did. They went on a fast and turned from their wicked ways. God saw this and was moved with with their spirit.

    Now I may be wrong but if we sin against our brother we need to show repentance toward them by truely repenting. I like to see tears of repentance and I think God does.

    I pray God help me to be more like you and repent everyday and try to be more like you.

  4. Wow, the power of obedience. If we respond like Jonah did (second time), we too (POFW) can be used to save a city (a whole city, DFW!!) Lord help us to have a heart for our city and a burden to reach it.

    Verse 10 AMP “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God revoked His [sentence of] evil that He had said that He would do to them and He did not do it [for He was comforted and eased concerning them].” God can change the entire order of your life upon true repentance. Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace.

  5. HALLELUJAH!!!
    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.
    HALELUJAH!!! I love you DADDY!!! YOU ARE SO MERCIFUL, GREAT AND MIGHTY!!!
    Thank YOU JESUS!!! HALELUJAH!!!

  6. 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:

    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.

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    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.

  7. THE RESOUNDING MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE

    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.
    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
    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.

    Repentance is so cheapened in our christian society. Repentance is presented and perceived as simply telling GOD we are sorry, but no real change of heart is needed.

    In chapter 3 we see man repent 2 times and GOD repent 1 time and both were evidenced by a change of heart.

    Jonah repented of RUNNING away from GOD called responsibility.

    1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
    2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
    3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.

    It is estimated that Nineveh was 500 miles east of Jerusalem which would lead Jonah to the dawning of a new day. However Jonah chose to go to Tarshish which is an estimated 2000 miles west of Jerusalem. Jonah was willing to go 3 times farther to NOT obey the LORD than he was to obey and take the shorter path. We must wake up and realize that anything we do and any decision we make to go against what GOD has spoken to us whether by HIS WORD, HIS VOICE or HIS MAN we are placing our farther away from our destiny than we think.

    Jonah ran and it cost HIM time and treasure. He bought a ticket and went the wrong direction, spent 3 nights in a fish, was vomited on the beach, heard the WORD of the LORD again and bought another ticket to OBEY the 2nd time. (Thank GOD for 2nd chances)

    Jonah repented and obeyed, Nineveh repented and obeyed.

    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.

    GOD repented and spared. Repentance is the KEY to REVIVAL. Not just telling GOD we are sorry, but turning our heart to GOD in humble obedience and submission.

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  8. True repentance is followed by obedience.

    1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

    2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    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.

    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.

    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:

    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.

    Our God is a God of second chances as long as the true repentance is followed by obedience and sacrifice. I don’t know why people complicate God, He is far from complicated. The truth is that people want things to be their way so they twist and turn their lives at their will so it complicates life; but the moment they repent and are obedient to the word of God life is simple again. Yes, circumstances, problems, and chaos might still come with storms but when we anchor our life in HIM there is NOTHING to fear.

  9. It’s time to work

    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.

    So many people walk around with the spirit of “what’s done is done.” It’s like they are thinking “why do anything else if I already know the outcome?” This chapter is a very good example of how repentance and work or making up for lost time could change things.

    Jonah’s message was the city would be overthrown but verse 10 reveals what God truly desires. He does not desire to destroy things but does desire a people that will turn from their ways in repentance and live a holy life unto Him, that He may bless them.

    Be encouraged today! You may have lost ground but you still have time and health. Your next action could be the one thing that changes a city or changes God’s mind. Either way, something great will happen if you “Just Do It”

  10. 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.
    God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites : rather, they changed in their attitude toward Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment as their failure to repent would have necessitated.

    Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

  11. 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.

    We could probably say that this city was the size of Fort Worth. Think about it. If Jonah. One man could tell the city, what’s holding us back? I just was talking to my barber, and we got to talking about God. He is a firm believer in God. As we were talking, one of his statements really hit me. Why are we so cautious in being politically correct when we need to be biblically correct. It’s time to get the old apostolic spirit and go and make disciples. Are we so content to be just a small church out in country? NO!!! It’s time to go “out” and “reach” the lost to compell them to come. God help us if we ever get a spirit of “us” when we need a spirit of “them”.

  12. 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.

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    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.
    True repentance touches the heart of God.True repentance is not only feeling sorry for what u have done , but making a change and not doing it any more.
    God acknowledges true repentance and will come to our rescue in our time of need .

  13. How is what we are NOT saying affecting the world around us? What were the reasons Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh? The Bible does not really indicate his thoughts or motives. Was he shy, was he scared about what they may say or do to him when he proclaimed the Lord’s message?

    The city received his message; from the least to the greatest. The city repented as directed from the leadership of the city. The whole-hearted effort to repent saved this city. There was unity in their repentance and the Lord honored their efforts and forgave their sins.

  14. 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.

    The obedience of Jonah to go preach repentance to the city of Niveveh caused the entire city to turn to repentance, including the king. The king published the news that Jonah shared and made sure that even the beast of the field obeyed. If God be for us, who can be against us? No one. If we will be obedient and take the good news of Jesus Christ and proclaim it to the region of Fort Worth, God will prepare hearts that they will receive, and ears to hear what is being spoken, and we will see fruit of repentance in our city.

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    The Way to Change God’s Mind is By Changing Ours.

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    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.

    (Inserted History of Nineveh)
    Nineveh (modern-day Mosul, Iraq) was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. The area was settled as early as 6000 BCE and, by 3000, had become an important religious centre for worship of the goddess Ishtar. The early city (and subsequent buildings) were constructed on a fault line and, consequently, suffered damage from a number of earthquakes. One such event destroyed the first temple of Ishtar which was then rebuilt in 2260 BCE by the Akkadian king Manishtusu. The Amorites occupied the site and one of their kings, Shamshi-Addu I, added to the temple and left behind inscriptions recording his other construction projects. King Shalmaneser I (1273-1244) built a palace and temple there and is thought to be responsible also for the first walls surrounding the settlement.

    The city grew dramatically in size, grandeur and fame, however, under the reign of King Sennacherib (704 – 681) who made Nineveh capital of his Assyrian Empire. Sennacherib was the son of King Sargon II who was killed in battle (a death considered shameful because it was believed that such a death was a punishment from the gods for one’s sins) and the new ruler wished to distance himself as much as possible from his father. Sennacherib abandoned the old capital of Dur-Sharruken and moved it to Nineveh early in his reign. He built great walls around the city with fifteen gates, created public parks and gardens, aqueducts, irrigation ditches, canals, and greatly expanded upon and improved the structures of the city. His palace had eighty rooms and he proclaimed it “the palace without rival.” The historian Gwendolyn Leick notes, “Nineveh, with its heterogeneous population of people from throughout the Assyrian Empire, was one of the most beautiful cities in the Near East, with its gardens, temples, and splendid palaces” (132) and further cites Nineveh as having a carefully planned and executed series of canals and aquaducts to ensure a steady supply of water not only for human consumption but also to keep the public parks and gardens irrigated; an aspect of urban life not every city attended to with as much care and planning. (end quote)

    Nineveh was quite a huge and prideful city whose main goddess was Ishtar, who was the goddess of love, procreation, and of war. Her temples throughout Mesopotamia were numerous, and sacred prostitutes of both genders were employed to ensure the fertility of the earth. There was alot of stuff going on in Nineveh that is very much like what’s going on in America today. The amazing thing about Nineveh however, is that they repented and humbled themselves and prayed and fasted. If America would humble herself, we too would see unprecedented revival.

  16. Vs.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.”
    Vs.6, “For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe form him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.”
    Vs.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, or drink water:”
    Vs.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.”
    Vs.9, “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?”
    Vs.10, “And God saw their works, that they turned from their eveil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and did it not.”

    These passages of scriptures have always facinated me. To think that the most important man in the city, the king, all the people and all the animals fasted and were covered in sackcloth and told to “cry mightly unto God.” This was a city that HEARD the man of God, BELIEVED the word of God, and SOUGHT the forgiveness of God. We need to pray today that our city, Fort Worth, will HEAR the man of God, BELIEVE the word of God, and SEEK the forgiveness of God. And who know what God will do in our city?

    These passages of scriptures have always been some of my favorite on prayer and fasting. They show us that PRAYER, FASTING, and TRUE SINCERE SOUL SEARCHING REPENTANCE, “crying mightily unto God,” can change our lives and the circumstances in our lives.

    Thank You JESUS!

  17. It is good to listen to the man of God and turn away from sin. God’s mind could be changed for the chastisement ahead for you if you don’t.

  18. 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.

    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.

    For Jonah to preach this message he went through his own trial first. He also had to decide to obey God. I believe his preached message had a special anointing on it that turned the hearts of the people of this huge city back to God-starting with their leadership-the king. What could happen in this city if we turned our focus off our own trials & back onto the mercy & love of God and proclaimed his love & forgiveness to this city? We will see the harvest God intends for this day & time!

  19. “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.” Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:2, 9, 10 NLT

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)
    We serve a merciful, loving GOD!!!

  20. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    Sin is serious.

    How serious is it?

    The nail prints, 40 scars, the hole in the side, the scars from the crown of thorns, the evidence of the beatings, and the marred face of Jesus reveal to us how serious sin is.

    Going to a place of pain, and agony beyond human comprehension our savior laid down his life.

    Because of sin. Because he loves us.

    There is a danger when we lose the awareness of sin’s severity. The worst place we can ever go is to sin willingly and proclaim “it’s ok because God will forgive me.”

    Humility is essential. He is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance, and die to their will.

  21. Faith by the word

    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 3:4 ASV)

    17 So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ
    (Romans 10:17 ASV)

    The word was declared in the city, and the King had faith in what was being said. The very root of the salvation from the city is the belief he had in the man of God’s voice.

    He’s belief and faith led to action. Believing isn’t enough. You have to move with that belief.
    Six things were done:
    1) They believed God
    2) They proclaimed a fast
    3) They put on sackcloth
    4) The King traded his robe for ashes
    5) A decree was made to instruct how to fast
    6) The people turned from evil ways and violence

    Thus, God heard the sincere repentance of the city and showered it with mercy and grace rather than judgement.

  22. 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.

    We must be obedient to what God asks us to do because we, looking through our eyes, may see a poor request or poor outcome, we must trust God because He has far greater plans.

  23. 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.

    We are called to be like our father in heaven, but I must admit I would have a hard time showing someone mercy and forgiveness and then to top it of change my judgement on them. But then I wake up not knowing knowing the day or hour God will cast his judgement on me. How many warning HE has given me that I haven’t listen too or if I did responded with nothing. Yet that’s what HE did for them and what HE does for each and everyone of us–everyday.

    This chapter although short, is very humbling and an awesome example of the love and compassion our God has for his child. May we ail repent and turn from evil to better serve the Lord.

  24. 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.

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    This chapter is a great example about repentance and second chances. First in the previous chapter Jonah had repented now here comes the second chance to do the will of God. Which means the test will still be there the directions to obey and the opportunity to do so as well. V2 says and the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.

    There must be true repentance before there is a second chance. One of the thoughts that I got from reading about repentance in this chapter is their acknowledgement that there is hope v9, who can tell if God will turn and repent. However something that popped in my mind is that sometimes shame and condemnation keeps the people away from repenting, from approaching God again. This personally was a direction into how to pray for the lost souls and in especific for the region of fort worth. That conviction may set upon the hearts of people that that may feel that there is hope and won’t be shun away, that shame may not interfere in the calling of God to the people to repent.
    Who can tell if God will turn and repent?

  25. When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10 NLT)

    We serve a God full of compassion. I’m so thankful for his grace and mercy.

    You’ve Been So Faithful

     As I look back over my life
    I can see how Your love has guided me
    Even though I’ve done wrong
    You never left me alone
    But You forgave me
    And You kept on blessing
    This I recall to my mind
    Therefore I have hope
    It’s because of Your mercy that we are not consumed
    Because thy compassions fail not,
    They are new every morning
    Great is Thy faithfulness
    Great is Thy faithfulness

    I can never repay You Lord for what You done for me
    How You loosed my shackles and you set me free.
    How You made a way out of no way
    Turned my darkness into day
    You’ve been my joy in the time of sorrow
    Hope for my tomorrow
    Peace in the time of storm
    Strength when I’m weak and worn

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

    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.

    Proverbs 14:27
    27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    to depart from the snares of death.

    When we truly trust and fear God then He will deliver us from death. Nineveh was eager to turn from their evil ways to escape Gods wrath. Sometimes new believers come in just to escape Hell, but if we don’t fall in love with Jesus and His word we aren’t guaranteed that salvation or we won’t endure till the end.

    Also it’s sad sometimes to see how quickly those who aren’t living for God will do something God asks but someone who is in church won’t always or very quickly. (Nineveh vs Jonah)

  28. 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.

    See now repentance is an essential thing for all believers to do, and God can hold back his judgement. Even God repents, so why do we hold it back?

    “Keep from Evil”……………………………………………………….

  29. 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    Jonah didn’t take the time to ask what the word he was going to speak. Jonah trusted the lord and went. Like Abraham left his country with word from the lord to go but no destination in the beginning of the journey. God gives us these things to test our faith. Just move when its time to move and he will provide. God will make a way for those that have faith and are obedient. I pray that we not only be hearers of the word but doers also.
    Lets do something Church!

  30. v1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
    v2 Arise, go unto Nineveh , that great city , and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    1. Same LORD
    2. Same Word
    ” In the beginning was the word and the word was with GOD, and the word was GOD” John 1:1
    3.Same purpose – Redemption for humanity .

    Jonah was given a second chance to obey the word of the LORD,that would save Nineveh and save Jonah also.
    When we are totally obedient to GOD and depend on HIM, HE has obligated HIMSELF to take care of all our needs.
    According to HIS ” riches in glory by CHRIST JESUS” Philip 4:19
    We serve a GRACIOUS AND LOVING
    GOD !!!
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  31. Speak The Word

    1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

    2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

    The Word may not always make sense but we must be willing to obey. The Lord will lead us if we will let Him, and Jonah’s story shows what can happen on both the sides of obedience and disobedience. And as Jonah learned, our obedience, whether it makes sense or not, can make the difference not just in our life but for many others as well.

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

  32. When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10 NLT)

    Depending on the situation, God can change His mind.

  33. This chapter illustrates opportunity. They were fortunate, in that they had a chance to repent. One has an opportunity, as long as one has breath, as such one that is wise will seize it; “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not”. What a mighty God we serve! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  34. Like any good father “parent”, He will try to correct us by His word and warn us about possible ramifications if we continue doing what is unacceptable before him. If we listen, obey, and do what is right, He will forgive. However, if we don’t, He will stay true to His word.

  35. 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.

    There is something in this verse that caught our attention “God repented of the evil”. So how important it is to repent? Very important! God himself had repent! What makes us think that we dont need to repent or show mercy to others in order to make heaven our home. God truly is a merciful man of his word. If your worried about being disappointed by a role model or leader? Look unto Jesus he is the best example you can ever follow!

  36. 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee

    Preaching what the Lord has for us to preach will bring results.

    To proclaim what the Lord says is the only way. Jonah cause a whole city to turn to God.

    Just think a city that took 3 days to travel through was turned around because of the word.

  37. 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. 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.

    The whole kingdom was impacted by one crazy fish-smelling guy. His words that were God breathed messages sent the entire large city into morning.

  38. Jonah Preaches at Nineveh 1. And the word of the LORD came unto Jo’-nah the second time, saying, 2. Arise, go unto Nin’-e-veh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3. So Jo’-nah arose, and went unto Nin’-e-veh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nin’-e-vehwas an exceeding great city of three days’journey. 4. And Jo’-nah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nin’-e-veh shall be overthrown.

  39. I’ve fallen and gotten back up. Sometimes I fall over the same issues. I however instead of staying down in my failures learn from the mistakes I’ve made and move onward and upward in the kingdom of God!

  40. True repentance

    What does it mean to truly repent of your sins and turn from your ways, turning back to God? The third chapter of Jonah covers this really well as it shows what happens when people truly repent from their sins.

    As Jonah was sent to the city and told them what the Lord was gonna do if they did not repent. They did not just try to change their ways for just a few days to try and prevent what would happen to them only to go back and do it once it seemed safe to do so. Nor did they shrug it off like it wasn’t a big deal. But they made about face, they realized that they had sinned, they felt shame for their sin and they truly feared the Lord as they realized what they had done. And then they mourned and cried unto God for forgiveness and they changed their ways and tried to follow God and his ways. Even the Leader of this great city mourned and cried unto God to save the city.

    Because of this sign of true repentance, God turned their wraith away from them. We need to use this as an example of what we need to do when we need to repent to God for the things that we have done. If we show in our heart that we are truly sorry for our sin, then he will forgive us for it and wash it away clean as he has already done for us on the Cross.

    2 Corinthians 7:9-10 Now I rejoice not that ye were made sorry but that ye sorrowed to repentance, for ye were made sorry after a godly manner that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

    Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away to renew them again unto repentance seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put him to an open shame.

    2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is longsuffering to us-ward not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

  41. 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:
    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.

    Ture heart felt repentance. Even the animals were put on a fast, so as to be able to show God their level of repentance.

    Today we as American Christians, we groan at the thought of having to fast, but here we see a fast so extreeme as to even include the animals. Today we have a had time including our children when we fast, but why is that.

    When you think of the work that it took to tie all the horses, donkeys, cattle’s heads up so as they could not eat or drink. And we gripe and cmplain about a one a one day fast…..

  42. 10. Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and god relented from the disaster that He had said H e would brinf upon them, and He did not do it.
    actions speak louder than words.
    the fruits of repentance are a humble spirit.

  43. Jonah was in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights. A visit to Nineveh required 3 days ..located in Noah chapter 3 verse 3. Jesus would die on the cross to save us from our sins, and on the 3rd day rise with the keys to hell. My favorite part of this story is that Jonah didn’t have to go straight to the king himself for him to listen. Vs 6 says that when the news reached the king of Nineveh he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. He humbled himself because he believed in God. Jesus gives us access to His throne room, we can come to Him and repent of of sins. We need the guidance of His Spirit to recognize when we are roaming out of His covering. He came that we may live, live in Him.

    Matthew 12: 39 “He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.41The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.”

  44. God hears your cries

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

    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.

    Don’t ever feel that God pushes your cries to the side. He hears everything, he knows your hearts desires- but he also wants to know how much you will sacrifice…

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