Trying to Outrun God (Jonah #1)

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Sometimes we know what God wants, and we run the other way, as far as we possibly can, as if we might actually outrun Him. But even in those moments, God chases after us. The whole world is under His control, giving us every opportunity to see His goodness, nearness, and power all around.


Main Text: Jonah 1:1-17

A few key observations: 

  • The hypocrisy of Jonah
    • Jonah knew all about God and boldly proclaimed his own allegiance.
    • But he didn't obey God. He didn't really trust God. And in the end, he didn't really like God's ways (we'll get there in chapter 4!).
  • The whole world under God's control
    • The storms and sea obey God.
    • The great fish obeys God.
    • The lots (kind of like dice) obey God.
    • But Jonah?
  • The heathen sailors' simple faith
    • They worship all kinds of other gods.
    • But when they see the work of Yahweh, they vow vows, sacrifice sacrifices, and fear Him with a great fear.
    • Though they're outsiders who don't know Him, they end this chapter closer to Him than rebellious but "religious" Jonah does.

Sometimes we know what God wants, and we run the other way, as far as we possibly can, as if we might actually outrun Him. But even in those moments, God chases after us. The whole world is under His control, giving us every opportunity to see His goodness, nearness, and power all around.


Main Text: Jonah 1:1-17

A few key observations: 

  • The hypocrisy of Jonah
    • Jonah knew all about God and boldly proclaimed his own allegiance.
    • But he didn't obey God. He didn't really trust God. And in the end, he didn't really like God's ways (we'll get there in chapter 4!).
  • The whole world under God's control
    • The storms and sea obey God.
    • The great fish obeys God.
    • The lots (kind of like dice) obey God.
    • But Jonah?
  • The heathen sailors' simple faith
    • They worship all kinds of other gods.
    • But when they see the work of Yahweh, they vow vows, sacrifice sacrifices, and fear Him with a great fear.
    • Though they're outsiders who don't know Him, they end this chapter closer to Him than rebellious but "religious" Jonah does.