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Servants and the People They Serve

Servants and the People They Serve

Jul 30, 2017

Passage:Jonah 1:1-4:11

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: God Speaks


July 30, 2017 Pastor John Welborn
God Speaks: Major Messages from the Minor Prophets Servants and the People They Serve Jonah & Nahum
“It is almost incredible…sounding more strange than any poet’s fable; if it were not in the Bible, I should take it for a lie…the wonderful passage through the Red Sea was nothing.” Martin Luther

“It is a laughing stock of the Pagans…(who see it as)…improbable and unbelievable.” St. Augustine of Hippo
But the Story of Jonah is both Real & Literal Because… • Jesus Really & Literally Rose from the Dead • Jesus Emphasized the Historicity of Jonah
“For just as Jonah was three days & three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days & three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40
I. Jonah was a Prideful Servant to Humble People
“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, & call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.’ But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa & found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare & went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.” Jonah 1:1-3a

“He restored the territory of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He had spoken through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet who was from Gath Hepher.” 2 Kings 14:25 NKJV
“And he prayed to the LORD and said, ‘O LORD is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish: for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’” Jonah 4:2-4

“Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them…’By the decree of the king and his nobles…Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” Jonah 3:4-5, 7b, 8b-9
II. Nahum was a Humble Servant to Prideful People
“An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. The LORD is a jealous & avenging God; the LORD is avenging & wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries & keeps wrath for his enemies. The LORD
is slow to anger & great in power, & the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind & storm, & the clouds are the dust of his feet.” Nahum 1:1-3
“Nahum preached during the darkest period in Judah’s history to that point, a time filled with idolatry of all kinds in a nation that had completely turned its back on God.” Charles Swindoll

“Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?” 1 Corinthians 4:18-21
“Desolate! Desolation and run! Hearts melt and knees tremble; anguish is in all loins: all faces grow pale!” Nahum 2:10
III. Jesus is the Humble Servant to _____________ People?
“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.’ But he answered them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:28-41
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:4-6

Jonah was the prideful servant to humble people, Nahum was the humble servant to prideful people, but Jesus is the Humble Servant to _____________ People. Will you humble yourself, turning from sin & trusting the Humble Servant Jesus today?

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities: • Wiersbe Bible Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (2007) • New Illustrated Bible Dictionary – Ronald F. Youngblood (1995) • Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890) • Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009) • Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles Swindoll (1998) • Holman Old Testament Commentary – Trent Butler (2005) • Word Pictures of the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933) • The New Bible Commentary – D.A. Carson (1994) • Exploring the Minor Prophets – John Phillips (2002) • The Minor Prophets – Henry Ironside (1909) • The Minor Prophets – James Montgomery Boice (1986) • Surprised by Grace – Tullian Tchividjian (2010)