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The Heart of God (Jonah 4:1-11) - 5/1/24

Jonah is not about a fish or Jonah or Nineveh…Jonah is a book about GOD.

Chapter 4 brings it all to light.  

Chap 1 – You cannot run from God (Patience and Providence)

Chap 2 – The forgiveness of God (God’s Pardon)

Chap 3 – The redemptive purpose of God (God’s Propitiation)

Chap 4 – The gracious comfort of God (God’s pity)


Jonah’s Heart – vv. 1-4


Jonah prays a second time

  • He prayed his best prayer in the worst spot

  • He prayed his worst prayer in the best spot

  • Broken heart…Save me

  • Angry heart…Kill me

Jonah obeyed, but he did so with the wrong heart.  Now we see what the main was.

  • Their repentance

  • God’s forgiveness

  • (YET GOD FORGAVE HIM)

Heart Issue

  • 1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord looks on the heart.

  • 1 Corinthians 4:5 – who will disclose the purposes of the heart.

  • Matthew 15:19 – Out of the hearts comes…..these are what defile a person

  • Ephesians 6:6-7 – obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to moan.

God’s heart – vv. 5-11


v. 2 – Gracious, Merciful, Slow to Anger, Abounding in Steadfast Love, Relenting from Disaster

God appointed

              Fish,  the vine, the worm, the wind

God provided the plant

  • God provides all comforts of life

God provided the worm

  • Now we can see the real heart of Jonah.  (Sent a fish now God sends a worm)

Without the plant the only relief was in the city…hard headed!!

Are you right to be angry about the vine?  I AM

You Pity the plant. I pity Nineveh

  • The hypocrisy of Jonah.

  • How about our heart?

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