Jonah is an interesting story.
It’s not only because of the miraculous storms or the sea creatures that are featured. It’s not just because of Jonah’s flawed character and jaded attitude throughout the book. It is interesting because of the way God is shown to be intensely interested in people who do not know him and in people who resist his will.
God is concerned for the people of Nineveh whose evil has risen up before him.
God is concerned for Jonah; this prophet who resists God’s calling to share with those who are lost.
In the book of Jonah, we see God’s concern for lost and wandering people. We also see God commissioning Jonah to give good news to these lost people. Unfortunately, Jonah puts up a number of barriers and obstacles that prevent him from fulfilling this mission that God has given him.
For us today, we also live in a time and place where people are lost and wandering; and God is concerned for everyone.
We have also been given a commission by Jesus to…
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19–20, ESV)
Followers of Jesus have been called to go and make disciples.
Unfortunately, we also put up a number of our own barriers and obstacles that prevent us from fulfilling this wonderful calling and mission.
The book of Jonah helps us by letting us see our own challenges and setback in fulfilling God’s mission through Jonah’s difficulties. We are able to learn from the Holy Spirit, to repent, but also to proceed in renewed joy and purpose to go and make disciples.
Please join us as we explore the book of Jonah together.