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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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