Sermon Series: A Fish Tale
The story of “Jonah and the Whale” is often just left to the safe confines of kid’s Sunday School. (Which is odd because it’s the story of a man who’s told that God will destroy the city, runs away from home, and then is eaten by a big fish!) But this story isn’t just kid stuff. It’s a story about repentance, about what happens when we resist God’s call, and about who actually deserves God’s mercy.
June 12, 2022 – You can’t outrun God
Jonah Tries to Run Away from God
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
June 19 “In the Belly of the Fish” Jonah 1:17
17 [a]But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
June 26 “More angry than God” Jonah 4:1-2
4 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning, for I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from punishment.