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					What’s His Problem?

     -Jonah 4-
Problem 1: God turned his
theological framework and
assumptions upside down

1. God should not be the God who forgives
   violently evil people, even if they repent.
   Evil should be punished, not forgiven.

God can’t be joined with this type of
  evil.
God turned his theological
framework and assumptions upside
down
2. Justice, to be just, requires that people
   suffer the full consequences of their
   actions, whether they are repentant or
   not. Nineveh had to be destroyed in order
   for justice to be done.

Justice means people get what they
   deserve.
God turned his theological
framework and assumptions upside
down
3. Nineveh has been too evil to possibly
   have committed themselves to true
   repentance and receive forgiveness.
   Nineveh could not really be repentant,
   and even if they were, forgiveness can’t
   effectively begin a new life for them.

They were too bad.
God turned his theological
framework and assumptions upside
down

4. Living faithfully loses its positive value if
   evil people are forgiven through simple
   repentance. Struggling daily to obey
   God’s law looks foolish when forgiveness
   is freely given.

It’s not fair for the good people.
God turned his theological
framework and assumptions upside
down
5. The triumph of evil living is flaunted if the evil
   escape judgment in the last days through
   repentance. This flaunting is too much for the
   victims of evil actions and those who are
   weary of those who are evil escaping
   punishment.

It’s not fair to people who have been hurt.
Problem 2: Jonah Knew God’s
Character. But he didn’t
Understand God.
    He Knew Him, But He Didn’t
    Understand Him
-    He knew that God is gracious, but he didn’t
     understand that Grace isn’t conditional.

-    He knew that God is merciful and compassionate,
     but he didn’t understand that Mercy and
     Compassion is for all creation.

-    He knew that God is slow to anger, but he didn’t
     understand why he would want to be.
He Knew Him, But He Didn’t
Understand Him

- He knew that God was abundant in love &
 kindness and that He shares it freely. But
 he didn’t understand that there are no
 restrictions or limitations on His love.

- He knew that God was relenting
 concerning calamity but he didn’t think the
 Ninevites deserved it.
Consider the other characters in
the story
What did they know about God?

 - Captain and the Sailors – 1:6
 - King and the Ninevites – 3:9
 - People in our community
Verse 10-11

At the core, this story is about changed
 lives.
  - Starts with a bunch of sailors.
  - Ends with an entire city.
  - But Jonah’s life is left unresolved.

  What about your life?

				
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