Gospel According to Jonah (Jonah #4)

Text: Jonah 1:11-16

Jonah is angry and dissatisfied with the will of God.  I don’t know that he cares that his sin has affected the men onboard.  His solution to be tossed overboard is sarcastic and more directed at God than the men onboard I believe.  But the events recorded here, in spite of Jonah’s attitude and disobedience, can be perfectly overlaid atop the gospel.  In this lesson, we will see the gospel according to Jonah.

An angry sea (vs 11)

  • In the book of Jonah we see a tempest directed by the hand of the God in response to sin.
  • In Revelation 21:14-15, 22:8 we see a furious lake of fire prepared by the hand of God in response to sin.

Wrath of God because sin (Jonah) (vs 11)

  • In the book of Jonah the only reason for the trouble is sin.
  • Ephesians 5:5-6 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Sacrificial death is needed (vs 12)

  • Jonah tells them the truth.  There is nothing they will be able to do calm this storm until the sin is dealt with.  They will not be able to clean up the ship, they will not be able to get rid of enough tackling or wares overboard to steady the vessel.  The storm was there for only one reason, there was sin on board.
  • The wages of sin is death.

Works could not calm the judgement (vs 13)

  • Nevertheless.  The sailors didn’t want to be murderers on top of everything else going on.  They reject the solution and choose to try their own way to calm the sea.
  • The sinners first response is to row harder and try to clean up.
    • Folks have come to this church for the purpose of cleaning up their lives.  The ones who hang on to the idea of trying to clean up their lives always leave.  Either the filth becomes too great, or they get tired of trying to clean up a mess they can’t clean up.
    • Submission to the words of God that will clean your life up.  The washing of  water by the word of God.

Conviction (vs 14)

  • Conviction occurs when you associate sin with the consequences of sin.
  • Conviction is also the desire to be justified by God, but not by your own defense.
  • These sailors wanted to be clean before God and didn’t want to be guilty of innocent blood.
  • Thou, O LORD, hast done as it please thee – that is the right confession.  We yield; you’ve done something that we don’t fully understand, but we trust that you know what you’re doing.

Acceptable sacrifice (vs 15)

  • Sufficient
    • Isaiah 53:3-4 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
    • Sufficient in that it happened one time
  • Substitution
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
    • Jonah was put in the place of the wrath of God
  • Sacrifice
    • God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
    • Sacrifice means the death of something.  Jonah dies.
  • Successful
    • Whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
    • Jonah’s sacrifice worked.  Jesus Christ sacrifice worked.

Fellowship with the Lord (vs 16)

  • During the storm the men were afraid for their lives because of the instability of the situation.  But when the storm ceases to blow it is then that they fear the Lord exceedingly.  They learned who was in control.
  • I can just see the crew pitching Jonah overboard with intense trepidation.  And one of the crew going over and over again, “We’re murderers now!  What are we doing?!  We just killed a guy!”  And another member of the crew hollers at him to HUSH! as he intently listens.  He tells the others SHHHH.  Listen.  Another man says, “What?”  The storm is dying.  The waves smooth and relax.  The wind goes from slapping the canvas blowing sideways to calm.  And immediately every one of them knows who is in control.
  • This disobedient prophet has just inadvertently led an entire crew to the Lord against his own will.  What a type of Israel he is!
  • Fear of the Lord is an essential first step
  • Offered sacrifice
  • Confessed