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Jonah : Part 2

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When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.

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But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home?

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That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

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Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live." But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?"

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Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

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Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.

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But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.

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When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."

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But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die."

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But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

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But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

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Tough Questions Who are “those people” to you? Who are the people you’d rather see punished than redeemed? Is it possible to do what God called you to do and still miss the point? Does our thirst to see people “get what they deserve” put us at odds with God’s heart?

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Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.

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For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 

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If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

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Perfect? Amplified Bible: growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life This is about the way we love!

Summary: Part 2 of "Jonah" series delivered at Pine Island UMC on October 15, 2017

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