though hearing, they may not understand.'
Just how do we respond to the Word of God does really matter. The question for us today is this: Which soil are you? Which soil do you want to be to have growth and life?
Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."
The Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. It was the SAME word. Same message: GO! God will give the message.It was not up to Jonah.
The Message we tell and live out in front of people is not OUR story but His.
(His story/history) It is/may be OK to share about your way as long as you keep the Main thing His Story!
Verse 5 “After one day---the city believed!” Must have been some message!
Believe? What does believe mean?
•Surface recognize Truth There it is-no personal involvement or need to change.
•A Little Deeper weight Truth out. Yes=go this way. No=don’t go that way. Can you be neutral? Not really. You are either for Me or against Me! is what Jesus said. There is no middle road.
•Heart motivated by Truth Take action/move
I.E. Jesus’ teaches on the soil and seeds. (see Luke 8, above)
- King heard and responded really fast! (Like Joel 2:14)
- Declared a FAST: Change behavior big time
- Put on sackcloth: Change of dressing—difference would make things uncomfortable.
Steps to Repent:
Do we follow this form? Is this the Biblical Way?
1. Leave your place of power-rose OFF the throne, humility. You are not the center. Not even near center!
2. Took off his royal robe-“Just as I am” from the Hymnal.
3. Covered himself with sackcloth
Not ‘put on' sackcloth...
Not ‘changed into' but COVERED!
Who covers us? God’s Grace, Mercy, Power, Compassion, …
4. Sat down in the dust.
“Dust I came from; dust I am going.”
Simple life—cut off from the business of life
Deal with THIS issue. Not let other things take over.
•Lowest place to go: the ground. Basic place to start. Go back to the beginning. Then move ahead/don’t stay in the past. Try as you might, you can’t change the past.
•Then the King issued a proclamation. This took time. Not off the cuff. Not acted in haste. Didn’t put it off. Took time to deal with it. (Like a ball in the water—hard to keep it under the surface!)
5. Fast. No food or drink-man, woman, child AND animals! All of creation was effected by sin. Waiting for us to bring this to an end. Our action yields redemption because of what Christ did on the Cross.
6. Call urgently on God.
Easy to say ‘sorry’ Sumimasen. すめません！ Shitsure shimasu. しつれします！ Easy to repent but hard to life in repentance. Live in light of how your sin was such an offense to God, He needed to provide a way to bring you back to Himself. Your sin was a deeply hurtful action that caused Him much pain. The call on Him needs to be urgent! Must be dealt with! Can’t put it off any more!
7. Give up their evil ways. Take off the Old and put on the New. Transformed lives are the ones that are followed. Be that for others today!
Give up their violence. A new heart with new desires. Desires that please God! Our reaction is different. Reaction is fast yet prolonged. This is an on going repentance. Have a short list. Faith AND Works. Faith and action. All this goes together. Really can't do one without the other. This makes a balanced life!
Vs 10. God provided Salvation. This is His Plan for man’s repentance. Father God provided it all: fish, a vine, a worm, a scorching wind, an answer, and provided mercy to that city, to Jonah, to Israel, and to us, in Christ Jesus. All from His Hand.
How then shall we then live? Start with repenting—not just being sorry—Godly sorrow goes a long way. Shallow sorrow does not move at all.
Start with repenting—He will provide the rest.