Series: Jonah: A Gospel of Grace
Subtitle: Jonah Does the Unenvied (Part 3)
Scripture: Jonah 3:10
Subject: Jonah uses four illustrations of God’s grace to motivate his readers to repent of their sin
Scrutiny: How does God demonstrate His grace?
Solution: There are four ways in this passage that demonstrates the display of God’s grace
Sketch: 1A through the renewal of the commission (1-2) God gives Jonah a second chance to obey him. Throughout Scripture God is portrayed as a God of a second chance.
2A through the response of the courier (3-4) Jonah obeys God’s call the second time. He travels to Nineveh as a living testimony of God’s grace. Jonah proclaims the Word of God to the Ninevites.
3A through the repentance of the citizens (5-9) The citizens of Nineveh believed the Word of God proclaimed by Jonah. From the King to the lowest citizen they demonstrate their repentance by their attitude and their actions. Everyone, including the animals wear the outward signs of inward repentance.
4A through the restraint of the creator (10) God observes the attitude and the actions of the Ninevites. God chooses to relent from performing His judgment upon the citizens and the city.
Scheme: To provide examples of God’s grace as motivation to repent of sin in order to maintain a right relationship with God
Statement: God is gracious