Jonah 1-2 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at
Fri Mar 15 09:40:06 PDT 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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March 15, 2013


 *1. 1:1-2 (ESV) JONAH’S FIRST COMMISSION. “Now the word of the LORD came
to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great
city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.’” *Father,
we bless You for having compassion even on a wicked heathen city. *This* is
the kind of God You are! And Nineveh *responded*! *Hallowed be your :name!*

 *2. 1:3. JONAH’S DISOBEDIENCE. “But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from
the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to
Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to
Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.” *Your will for Jonah Father,
was Nineveh. His rebellious will was to flee and go down from Your will. We
flee from the rebellious example of Jonah, and choose Your will as done by
Jesus. *Your :kingdom come!*

 *3. 1:7 (1:4-9). JONAH: REVEALS REASON FOR THE STORM. “And they said to
one another, ‘Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account
this evil has come upon us.’ So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.”
*You provided revelation for heathen sailors, Father. How much more will
You give answers for saints! *Your :will be done, As in heaven, so on earth.

 *4. 1:15-16 (1:10-16) JONAH: CAST OVERBOARD. “So they picked up Jonah and
hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the
men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD
and made vows.” *Forgive us Father, for having less fear of You than did
these heathen sailors. O grant us hearts of the fear of Jehovah, a
trembling at Your Word, a *delight* to do Your will, and like David, hearts
after Your own heart! *Our :daily :bread Give us this day!*

 *5. 1:17. JONAH: SWALLOWED BY JEHOVAH’S FISH. “And the LORD appointed a
great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights.” *Thank God You were with Jonah Father, in the
belly of the great fish. Thank You from the depths of our heart that You
are *always* with us in temptation’s hour. *And forgive us our :debts, As
we also have forgiven our :debtors.*

 *6. 2:1-2 (2:1-9) JONAH’S PRAYER. “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God
from the belly of the great fish, 2 saying, ‘I called out to the LORD, out
of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and
you heard my voice.’” *Jehovah Father, You are a great God of deliverance!
You delivered Daniel; You delivered His three friends; You delivered Jonah;
and You will always deliver us. *And bring us not into temptation!*

 *7. 2:10. JONAH DELIVERED. “And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited
Jonah out upon the dry land.” *Your word Father, is obeyed by nature, the
fish and animal kingdom, the sea, the plants, and sometimes by man. Forgive
us that usually only man is vile. *But deliver us from the evil one!*

 *NOTE**: 2:6 (2:1-9) JONAH’S DELIVERANCE. **“Jonah at the roots of the
mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet
you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.” *Jonah’s experience is
a parable of Your death, burial and Resurrection, Lord Jesus! Father, we
reckon ourselves identified with Your Son in this.

 *C.H. Spurgeon Notes: “Proverbs and Laziness” - *The Book of Proverbs
deals very hard blows against sluggards, and Christian ministers do well
frequently to denounce the great sin of idleness, which is the mother of a
huge family of sins.

 *Our Psalm for the Day: 85:1-2 (85) REVIVE US AGAIN. “LORD, you were
favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave
the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah *Lovingkindness
(CHEsed, Covenant love) and Truth meet together in You, O Jehovah Father,
on behalf of Your people. Through Revival You heal our land and set us in
the way of Your steps. * Hallowed be your :name!*

 *Subject and Occasion: *It is the prayer of a patriot for his afflicted
country, in which he pleads the Lord’s former mercies and by faith foresees
brighter days. We believe that David wrote it, but many question that
assertion. Certain interpreters appear to grudge the Psalmist David the
authorship of any of the Psalms and refer the sacred songs by wholesale to
the times of Hezekiah, Josiah, the Captivity, and the Maccabees. It is
remarkable that, as a rule, the more skeptical a writer is, the more
resolute is he to have done with David; while the purely evangelic
annotators are for the most part content to leave the royal poet in the
chair of authorship.

 85:2. *You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people.* Often and often had
He done this, pausing to pardon even when His sword was bared to punish.
Who is a pardoning God like You, O Jehovah? Who is so slow to anger, so
ready to forgive? Every believer in Jesus enjoys the blessing of pardoned
sin, and he should regard this priceless boon as the pledge of all other
needed mercies.

 85:6. *That Your people may rejoice in You.* A genuine revival with out
joy in the Lord is as impossible as spring without flowers or day-dawn
without light. If, either in our own souls or in the hearts of others, we
see declension, it becomes us to be much in the use of this prayer, and if
on the other hand we are enjoying visitations of the Spirit and bedewings
of grace, let us abound in holy joy and make it our constant delight to joy
in God.

 85:8. *But let them not turn again to folly. *Backsliders should study
this verse with the utmost care; it will console them and yet warn them,
draw them back to their allegiance, and at the same time inspire them with
a wholesome fear of going further astray. To turn again to folly is worse
than being foolish for once; it argues willfulness and obstinacy, and it
involves the soul in sevenfold sin. There is no fool like the man who will
be a fool, cost him what it may.

 85:10. *Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have
kissed each other. *God is as true as if He had fulfilled every letter of
His threatenings, as righteous as if He had never spoken peace to a
sinner’s conscience; His love in undiminished splendor shines forth, but no
other of His ever-blessed characteristics is eclipsed thereby. It is the
custom of modern things (?) to make sport of this representation of the
result of our Lord’s substitutionary atonement; but had they ever been
themselves made to feel the weight of sin upon a spiritually awakened
conscience, they would cease from the vain ridicule. Their doctrine of
atonement has well been described by Dr. Duncan as the admission “that the
Lord Jesus Christ did something or other, which somehow or other, was in
some way or other connected with man’s salvation.” This is their substitute
for substitution. Our facts are infinitely superior to their dreams, and
yet they sneer. It is but natural that natural men should do so. We cannot
expect animals to set much store by the discoveries of science, neither can
we hope to see unspiritual men rightly estimate the solution of spiritual
problems - they are far above and out of their sight. Meanwhile it remains
for those who rejoice in the great reconciliation to continue both to
wonder and adore.

 85:11. *And righteousness shall look down from heaven, *as if it threw up
the windows and leaned out to gaze upon a penitent people, whom it could
not have looked upon before without an indignation which would have been
fatal to them. This is a delicious scene. Earth yielding flowers of truth,
and heaven shining with stars of holiness; the spheres echoing to each
other, or being mirrors of each other’s beauties. “Earth carpeted with
truth and canopied with righteousness” shall be a nether heaven. When God
looks down in grace, man sends his heart upward in obedience. *(From “The
Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O. Fuller)*

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