You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
Jonah 1
Contrary to popular belief, this is not a fish story. It’s about mercy and flawed theology.
Vss. 1-2
1.God told Jonah to preach to gentiles. 
Vs. 3
2.Jonah went the opposite way.
Vss. 9-10
3.The sailors were angry that Jonah was running from the creator. Our disobedience can affect others.
Vss. 14-16
4.When the sailors saw the storm do what Jonah said it would, they believed and worshipped 
Vs. 17
5.In spite of his disobedience, Jonah received mercy from the LORD in the form of a trial.

Sometimes God’s people give less mercy than they have received. We cannot predict who will come to faith so we must obey God’s command to 
share the Gospel.
Remember, you can run, 
but you can’t hide form God!

Making it Right – Jonah 2
God is not surprised when we fail or disobey. So when we do, how do we make it right with God and what is it about Him that that should make us want to make it right?
Vss. 1-2
1. Jonah prayed from the middle of his trouble.
Vss. 3-6a
2. Jonah acknowledged that Jehovah is in control of his awful situation.
Vss. 6b-9a
3. Jonah thanks God for His forgiveness and promises to obey His instructions.
Vs. 9b 
4. Jonah acknowledged that Jehovah is his salvation.
Vs. 10
5. Jehovah gave Jonah another chance.

Centuries before Messiah Jesus came, 
God the Father demonstrated the meaning of 
His Son’s name, Jehovah is Salvation, 
the God of second chances!

It Doesn’t Get Any Better – Jonah 3
Jonah experienced what most of God’s servants only dream of. But what is God teaching 
us through this?

Vss. 1-4
1. Now, when Jehovah repeated His instructions, Jonah obeyed.
Vs. 5
2. All of the Ninevites believed God and repented.
Vss. 6-8
3.Even the king led the people in complete repentance from their evil ways.
Vs. 9
4.They did this with only a hope and not a promise of deliverance.
Vs. 10
5.God had compassion on them and spared them because of their repentance.

  Jonah’s experience demonstrates that God’s mercy is available to anyone who repents, 
even our enemies.
There is hope for America.

“The Lord not slow in keeping his promise, 
as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, 
but everyone to come to repentance.” ​
2 Peter 3:9 

I Just Don’t Get It! – Jonah 4
How should we treat sinners? Especially those who respond to God’s message? Jonah gives us a lesson in how not to!

Vs. 1 Jonah became angry that the Ninevites repented and that God forgave them.

Vss. 2-3 Jonah knew God would forgive those who repent. That’s why he ran.

Vs. 4 God said, “What right do you have to be angry?”

Vss. 5-10 Jonah got more involved in his own comfort than the fate of the Ninevites.
Vs. 11
God demonstrated through a selfish, rebellious prophet that He cares and 
will forgive any sinner who repents.

Jonah 4:11; 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16-18