Jonah Chapter 4

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Jonah 4

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

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.

3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

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.

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.

7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

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.

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.

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:

11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

47 thoughts on “Jonah Chapter 4

  1. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

    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.

    3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

    4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?
    there is times when we pray and look for God to do his will but really we are wanting him to do our will instead and when it doesn’t turn out the way we thought it should we start to become angry. God has it in control and his judgement is far better than ours So give him control and praise him for the answer what ever the outcome GOD is in control.

  2. We are to spread the gospel to a dying world. We should be happy not angry when sinners come to the Lord. None of us are deserving of God’s mercy; but he honors true repentance, even from the vilest of sinners.

  3. 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.

    7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

    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.

    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.

    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:

    11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

    Jonah could have pity on the gourd, but not on the people of Nineveh. We should always have compassion and love for a world of people that we know are lost. They need to hear a message of repentance from God. God has chosen in the generation that the only way you can hear is from his people. If we the people of God do not reach out to a world of lost people, they will not be reached. Because this is God’s way, God chose in the beginning to use the man of God and God still uses the man of God. God speaks through his servants to all people, where they can see where tey are with God.
    Salvation is a must to us today I pray God help us see someone filled with the Holy Ghost and be happy about it.

  4. The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?” (Jonah 4:4, 11 NLT)
    It’s so easy to be selfish, and lazy, all because you’re so busy with your own little world that surrounds you. You become numb to your TRUE calling that God has placed on your life and expecting for you to live it out.
    Jesus simply put like this:

    So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17 KJV)
    We all have a spefic calling on our lives, the problem is that not all of us are working for the same goal, and that’s working in HIS KINGDOM!!
    Oh LORD, help ME to stay focused!!!

  5. 6. And the Lord God prepared a gourd…

    7. But God prepared a worm…

    8. …God prepared a vehement east wind…

    What God was preparing (repairing) was Jonah’s heart and attitude towards the lost souls of Nineveh. Will we allow Him to prepare us to reach the lost souls of Fort Worth?

  6. In this chapter we see how quickly Jonah forgot how merciful God was with him. God could have left him in the belly of the fish; but, he gave him a second chance. The choice is not up to us whether we think a person has had enough chances or they deserve it. We are to forgive, if we want to be forgiven. God help us to be obedient, lay everything at your feet and trust in your will.

    Luke 15:4-7 MSG “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.”

    Luke 15:8-10 MSG “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”

    Let’s begin the celebration (party) in advance for everyone we know….family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, backsliders that are coming home or coming to know the Lord.

  7. 4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

    Matthew 5:7
    Blessed are the merciful:for they shall obtain mercy.

    Grace is when we do receive what we don’t deserve.
    Mercy is when we don’t receive what we do deserve.

    The mercy of God is one of the greatest gifts of all. Without mercy we would all be lost and in a devil’s hell.

    Dictionary of biblical imagery says Mercy, therefore, is both feeling compassion and acting upon it.

    The instant we refuse to show mercy to another we immediately disqualify ourselves from receiving God’s mercy. None of us were worthy, but now his blood has made us worthy. Without the intervention of God we would become creatures of darkness.

    Mercy and compassion are wed together. Compassion births mercy. When we have compassion for someone and they do us wrong mercy steps in a says I forgive, and I’ll help.

    The “merciful” are full of sympathy and compassion toward those who are suffering either from sin or sorrow. The merciful sincerely want to help ease and eliminate such suffering by influencing people to depend on God for help and to entrust their lives to Jesus Christ (cf. 18:23- 35; Lk 10:30- 37; Heb 2:17). Merciful people also get actively involved in meeting people’s needs. By showing mercy to others, we “will be shown mercy.” – Fire Bible

  8. Some people would proclaim that Jonah is whining. “Lord, why did you make me leave my comfort zone to tell the people of Nineveh that you are done with them, only to change your mind and forgive them.” Jonah made a mistake and was swallowed by a fish and spent three days in a horrible place to consider his actions. Where was his mercy? Where was his warning? Maybe Jonah was jealous.

    There are a few things that can cause jealousy; lack of self-confidence, poor self-image, fear and insecurity. I have heard it said that fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. While we may not know for sure the mindset of Jonah we can deduce a few things. I believe Jonah suffered from all the contributing factors listed above. He was not confident in himself to proclaim the Lord’s message; thus his “trip” to the belly of the big fish. His insecurity in the power of the Lord is also obvious.

    Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

  9. In verses 2-3 we see that Jonah was more concerned about his own reputation than God’s. He said he would rather die than live if what he predicted didn’t happen. Are our hearts like this? More concerned for our own glory and not God’s?

  10. HALELUJAH!!!
    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.
    HALELUJAH!!! THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE FOR MY GOD!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! I LOVE YOU DADDY!!! THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU!!! HALELUJAH!!!

  11. 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.
    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.

    So manby times we put too much emphesis on things that are not eternal, rather than the eternal. We think too much about the here and now. We dwell too much on what WE WANT, and not what He wants.

    Being made in the image of Christ, we are allowed to feel for the temperal, just as He did when He walked the Earth, but like He did too, we are to seek after the things that are not of this world.

  12. 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:

    11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

  13. Anger

    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.

    Jonah is angry but why? I don’t think he is angry about God sparing Nineveh. I think it is more about looking like a fool. I think Jonah is saying first I disobey, I turned myself around, and do what you told me to do; and now I look like a fool because it never happened you went and forgave them all. Instead of a prophet, I looked like a fool. Jonah is too worry about what people will say, think, or do. In today’s age, we walk around sharing God’s news, alerting the people of God’s coming, and they just go on like nothing is happening. They keep living their lives and prospering, and there are people that will look on that and ask, why them? Why not me that serves you? Lord impregnate us with compassion for the lost. Allow us to see, feel, and understand their hurt. Show us that just like the gourd we are here today and gone tomorrow. There is not time to waste, for the harvest is white, and ready.
    Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

  14. 4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

    It doesn’t do anyone any good to throw a pity party. When times get tough, God is expecting us to start looking for a way to come out. If we are being tested by God and we give up, we are probably going to have to do it all over again until we get it right. I would rather get it right the first time.

    God help us today see that we are made to overcome. We are going to figure it out.

    If God be for us then who can be against us

  15. vss.1-2 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was ver angry.
    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 knew GOD.
    That’s my prayer today that I may know HIM. To know JESUS CHRIST is to know the eternal… I AM.
    JEHOVAH – JIREH – The LORD who provides .
    We can have everlasting life through
    HIS NAME, as Nineveh did.

    Yet Jonah was exceeding displeased and angry. NO change of heart, no mercy, learned nothing not even from his suffering.(. I think it’s time for some correction.)
    Which Pastor was teaching about last night.
    The LORD loves us enough to correct us. … Sometimes GOD allows us to choose a wrong path in life and learn tough lessons through experience
    (” the school of hard knocks”)
    to teach us that certain actions are hindrances and are not good for our spiritual lives.

    Jonah teaches us that failing to serve others with mercy and compassion is to risk heaven’s indictment .

    Love and service for the LORD and each other .
    Love is pure and never seeks its own
    I Corninthians13

    I’m thankful that HE loved us while we were yet sinners . Romans. 5:8

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    This blog is going to short and quick and to the point. If God can use Jonah with his ugly attitude, he can use anyone. This should keep us humble for the fact that it doesn’t make us super spiritual if God uses us…Look, he used Jonah.

    1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

    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.

    3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

  17. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

    What a pity party. Jonah was mad unto death because of someone else. It happened to be people he didn’t like and he couldn’t believe God would show them mercy. We as Christians need to make sure we never become so caught up in our own Christian bubble that we don’t want the lost to be saved. No matter how bad they are, God loves us all and wants us to be saved. He has shown each of us great mercy so we should freely give of that mercy to others.

  18. 4:9-11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

    The message of Jonah rings out loud and clear: God cares for the heathen! God will spare no extreme to get His message to them, even when the messenger is deliberately disobedient. God will marshal His animate and inanimate creation to bring correction to His messenger and fulfill His purpose for the world.

  19. When we witness to people do we do it because we feel an obligation or do we really want to see these people turn their life around and be saved?
    Do we get jealous when someone comes in and gets the Holy Ghost and God starts using them in a great way in the church instead of being thankful that another soul is saved and doing a work for God ?
    We need to all do our part no matter whether it is something up front that can be seen or if it is something that goes unnoticed but is a vital part in keeping the work of God running smoothly. Thankful for all that make sure we have a nice clean church to come into to worship The Lord .
    Love POFW and want to do my part !

  20. I think Jonah lost the vision in this chapter. His purpose was to warn the people of the city that destruction was coming because of the riotous living. When they heard him and repented of their ways, the Lord withheld his anger and showed mercy, and now we see Jonah having a pity party under a tree outside the city because God showed mercy.

    We must always remember we are messengers that God uses. It is ultimately God’s choice the judgement that comes or the mercy that is extended. We can’t forget that otherwise it could cause bitterness of heart in us because people don’t get what we feel that deserve: mercy or judgement. It’s not place to sit in the seat of judgement, it is our place to love them.

  21. THE LORD GIVETH AND THE LORD TAKETH
    THE CONTRAST OF JOB AND JONAH

    Some of the valued attributes of a believer are:

    Flexibility
    Availability
    Durability

    Every greatly used man and woman of GOD possess these attributes. Jonah is a great illustration to us that GOD can also use selfish, hardheaded individuals.

    As I rehearsed the actions of GOD and Jonah in this chapter, I was reminded of Job and his calamity and the simple comparison is found in:

    Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

    Teaching us that GOD controls EVERYTHING and that we should enjoy and cherish each and every day along with the opportunities that each day presents. Whether good or bad, this too shall pass.

    While Jonah’s response is a troublesome to understand, we already had a glimpse into his heart, in the fact that he RAN from GOD, which identifies selfishness. We learn here in chapter 4 that even though we submit the attitude and spirit of the inner man is evident. The selfish Jonah shows up again.

    Why?

    1. GOD forgave the repentant people and now the WORD that Jonah delivered is not executed. (The LORD gave the WORD and the LORD took it away)

    2. The LORD gave the pouting Jonah a plant to cover him, the LORD took it away to get Jonah’s attention.

    3. It is ALL about SOULS.

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    Jonah 4:10 The LORD said to him, “This plant grew up in one night and disappeared the next; you didn’t do anything for it and you didn’t make it grow—yet you feel sorry for it!
    11 How much more, then, should I have pity on Nineveh, that great city. After all, it has more than 120,000 innocent children in it, as well as many animals!”

    May GOD give us a greater hunger, desire and passion for the lost than we have for any temporal, tangible possession of the world.

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  22. were here to reach out to the lost and bring them to the kingdom of God were not supposed to have a bad attitude or show or anger to the world were the light of the world were the city on a hill none and nothing can stop us because he’s giving us power over any enemy trying to come our way.. thank you JESUS for everything for giving us a second chance and picking us back up when we didn’t deserve it thank you FATHER

  23. (KJV)
    Vs.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:”
    Vs.11, “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?”

    (MSG)
    Vs.10-11, God said, “What’s this? How is it that you can change your feelings from pleasure to anger overnight about a mere shade tree that you did nothing to get? You neither planted nor watered it. It grew up one night and died the next night. So, why can’t I likewise change what I feel about Nineveh from anger to pleasure, this big city of more than a hundred and twenty thousand childlike people who don’t yet know right from wrong, to say nothing of all the innocent animals?”

    It’s all about the ATTITUDE. Attitude means – A bodily posture showing or meant to show a mental state, emotion,or mood. A manner of acting, feeling, or thinking that shows one’s disposition, opinion, ect. One’s dispostion, opinion, ect.

    If we get to the heart of the matter, Jonah only became more angry about the gourd dying, because he was already angry at God for bringing him out of his own country (vs.2) and bringing him to Nineveh to preach to a people (120,000 souls) that God had already had a change of heart towards and was planning to save. Like so many others who have already blogged this morning, it’s all in the ATTITUDE of selfishness, jealousy, fear, and anger.

    God forbid that we should ever have a bad ATTITUDE towards people getting saved in the city of Fort Worth. Even in heaven, there is joy over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:7 says, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” So, if heaven rejoices, we aught to rejoice too when a sinner is saved.

    We need to change Stinkin’ Thinkin’ (bad ATTITUDE) into Right Thinkin’ (good ATTITUDE) and REJOICE in what God is doing in the hearts and lives of the people of Fort Worth.

  24. 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:

    An ungrateful heart.

    What do would we do if this had happened to us? It would be safe to say that we would probably have the same response. If God gives it, them why would he take it? For a season. In my personal walk I have had it where I have asked God this very question. The death of my father is one of which. I asked God why would he take him from me? Maybe it was to teach me, so that one day I would know to help someone else. Gods ways are above ours, therefor let God be God. If he is truly the King in our lives, we will trust him enough to know what he is doing. Trust in The Lord with all your heart. This is key in the relationship.

  25. Blind Hate

    10 And Jehovah said, Thou hast had regard for the gourd, for which thou hast not labored, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:11 and should not I have regard for Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle
    (Jonah 4:10-11 ASV)

    Jonah acted like a child. He ran from what God called him to do, because he didn’t want to see the city be saved. He then gets mad at God for seeing 120,000 converts to Jehovah. Jonah was mad at the fruit of his ministry. He was so full of prejudice that he’d rather see the people and the city destroyed by God’s wrath rather than see it saved.

    Afterwards, he goes off hoping to see the city destroyed and pouts in his anger. He acts like a kid who didn’t get his way. God asks him over and over if Jonah’s anger has just cause. Finally, the illustrates the point of Jonah’s attitude in the closing of the book.

    It is not recorded if Jonah ever got over his pouting session and if he did how long it took. We can learn from his mistakes.

    One do not run from God’s call. It will only cause problems.
    Two when God moves a people to repentance, whether you like them or not, you should be happy about it. God is full of love and mercy and it pleases him to see people humble themselves and pray. If we aren’t pleased by what pleases God, we do not have the heart of God. Jonah was worse off than the people of the city. He needed to repent of his attitude. Likewise, we must check ourselves to see if we are walking in the way of Jonah or walking in the way of God.

  26. Lord I pray that I always remember to rejoice in the fact that your child has learned the error of his ways and repented for their sins instead of having a ugly heart or being judgmental and or envious of the mercy and blessing God has given them.

  27. God is gracious, and merciful, slow to anger, and he has great kindness. Once again, repentence is also another key here. So, confess your sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all our sins, of all unrighteousness. “He’s faithful, don’t give up!”

    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.

    “Holdfast”……………………………………………………………………………….

  28. 4 The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”

    The Lord knows what He’s doing, don’t be angry and question His plans just because something didn’t go the way you intended it too or thought it would happen.

  29. 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.

    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.

    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:

  30. 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.

    Compassion..
    I thank God that he is exactly as Jonah described him here in verse 2. What would we or where would be without his compassion.

    For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

    However God’s mercies are fresh and new each morning. He calls us to repentance. No matter what has happened or who you are God showed mercy even to Jonah which really was not a willing vessel and was even very angry. I imagine that probably the Lord looked beyond the man Jonah and really searched his heart, and saw troubles, insecurities, wounds, that still needed to be taken care off. Perhaps he saw him just like he saw the people of niniveh or the people even today. He saw them with the eyes of compassion.

    Matthew 9:36-37 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.

  31. Beautiful mercy of God:
    “And should not pity Niniveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons, who can not discern between their right hand and their left and much livestock?
    This brings up to my mind about the prodigal son. Jealousy instead of joy.
    we have a big city to rescue in Jesus name!

  32. 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:
    11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

    We must not look on the lost and judge them for what their sin is or what their troubles are. We should only see that they need Jesus & that we are the vessels to be used to speak his message of salvation, deliverance & healing.

  33. When the going gets tough the tough gets going. Ever heard that saying? We don’t have time to sit down and pray prayers for pity. We need to stand strong and pray for backsliders and for God to give them a repentance heart. How many of us have prayed and when we got the answer we forget we got the answer at? God help me (us) not to forget where we come from and what God has done for us. I never want to forget what God has done and the many blessings he has given to me and my family.

  34. This chapter illustrates conceit. Jonah was taught a valuable lesson. One must never become so conceited that one’s own way is sought out over the Lord’s (Jesus); “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”. What a mighty God we serve! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  35. 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

    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. -2 Peter 3:9

    Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? -Romans 2:4

    But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. -Matthew 9:13

    I would rather see men & women repent than to see the judgment of God on their lives. Let’s pray that God would lead them to repentance through our preaching.

  36. 6 The Lord God appointed a little plant and caused it to grow up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to rescue him from his misery. Now Jonah was very delighted about the little plant.

    Even though Jonah waS upset with The Lord. God still protected and took care of Jonah by providing the shade.

  37. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?” (Jonah 4:11 NLT)

    Lord that I may be Christ like filled with compassion.

    Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them. I denied myself by fasting for them, but my prayers returned unanswered. I was sad, as though they were my friends or family, as if I were grieving for my own mother. (Psalms 35:13, 14 NLT)

    We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:16-20 NLT)

  38. 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:

    11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
    His Mercy endureth forever…
    God even in his anger had mercy on Nineveh by allowing a preacher to come there and preach a message of repentance. It is God’s will for us to respond as this city did to the preached word of God and to repent in sackcloth and ashes for our selves and our city.

  39. God knew Jonah had a sincere heart of repentance, he forgave him and built him up because his confidence was low. God uses us to teach others. Lord shine on me, lead me and guide me to do your holy will.

  40. 4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?
    Does it really help you to feel “that” way?
    Oh so many times I have talked about, read about or lived this very thing. Even in this time for Jonah God had mercy on him and gave him shade. The gourd could have been food, but he only stayed upset and mourned over the plant more than the people. We should value souls more than plants and animals. We should be angered by things that anger him, not have God asking us why he thinks it would be good to be angry.

  41. I pray that I never get so caught up in this world and my problems that I tell God I don’t want to do His will. I pray that I have a hunger to commit His will in my life!

  42. In everyone’s life, God has sent you a “gourd” when you needed it the most, but when it goes away and you’re left in a difficult situation… does that mean you’re gonna forget about what God has just done for and be angry about? Jonah completely forgot the principles he had followed when he first tried to run away from God and got eaten by the great fish.

    Don’t forget the blessings that God has given you in the past even when it seems like he’s not giving you anything right now, it just means you’re in a season of testing. God is just seeing if you will stay with him, in the good and in the bad. If you only stay with him when things are good… then would you even need to have faith to believe in God?

    So remember the seeds that God has planted in your life, if it seems like it’s died out… then that just means there’s more room for another seed to be planted.

  43. Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh and prophesy God’s warning, instead he took sail to Tarshish. He was displeased and angry, for just being a vessle of the Lord. Jonah was content and happy at home. He says in vs 2 “is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why he was so quick to run away from his discomfort. Sometimes we try to run away from our issues, or plates that become too full of responsibilites. The Lord says in vs 4 “Have you any right to be angry?” The truth is he doesn’t. To teach Noah, God uses a physical analogy with the vine to comfort him in comparison of his home, and Jonah was “happy about the vine”. In contrast God provided the worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered, along side a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. Jonah had become so concerned about the vine God blessed him with, but was less concerned about the victory of the souls (more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left). God wants us and Jonah to grasp the big picture, the need to leave comfort behind for the call to do his will. The same way we should be concerned about reaching this great city of Fort Worth.

  44. Jonah’s Anger and God’s Kindness 1.But it displeased Jo’-nah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 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 Tar’-shish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4. Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

  45. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing 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. (Jonah 4:2 NIV)

    Just because you might know the results of what God will do doesn’t mean you should complain about being used. It might be a simple task but others are watching how you react to things asked of you

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