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May 20, 2018


   Sermon Title: Anywhere BUT. . . .

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Jonah 1:1-7, 9-12, 15-17; 2:10; 3:1-2

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Scripture Reading: Genesis 10:11-12; Genesis 18:20-21

Scripture Text: Jonah 1:1-7, 9-12, 15-17; 2:10; 3:1-2

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:
2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
5 …But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”

Anywhere BUT. . . .

Summary: God has a Nineveh for every one of us -- a place we don't want to go; a command we don't want to obey. Going to Nineveh is unpopular, it will cost us, it doesn't make sense and it's hard. But God's purpose in dealing with us is to save many souls. Many people find it difficult to take the book of Jonah seriously because they don't believe a man could be swallowed by a whale and live to tell the story.

Point I. What Ninevah Represents
Nineveh represents the place God wants you to go, that you don't want to go to.
Something God wants you to give up or surrender – some bad habit you love or a person that’s not good for you

Point II. Reasons for not going to Ninevah
Nineveh was a pagan, wicked city. Would they want to hear the bad news that they had 40 days left?

Point III. Only 2 options: Ninevah or Tarshish
1. There was Nineveh, the city he could go and have:
   a. Fellowship with God;
   b. Be in the center of God's will.
2. There was also Tarshish,
   a. At the end of a rebel’s road;
   b. If he walked there, it would be without the Fellowship of the God he had disobeyed

Point IV.Danger of Spiritual Indifference
   1. No ordinary storm; it was of divine origin.
   2. Braggards -- tough guys who were use to storms, yet they trembled!

   1. You're going to Nineveh or Tarshish: Which?
   2. You can sleep; you can ignore God. But God loves you enough to send a storm to get your attention.
   3. Good news? You can avoid the Storm and the Whale. Repent now – "turnabout, change course."

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