The Sunday lesson from May 17, 2020
The Book of Jonah (Jonah 4:5-11)Phillip Stuckey, May 17, 2020
Part of the Overviews of The Minor Prophets series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Have you ever struggled to be honest with yourself about how you feel about the demands that the Lord makes in your life? Have you ever struggled to forgive someone who has really wronged you? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, then know that you aren’t alone. Let’s consider the book of Jonah and learn some lessons about ourselves but more importantly about the God who loves all and wants to forgive and save all.
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Jonah 4:5–11 (Listen)
5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6 Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”