When we began studying Jonah, we said it was a story about a man who runs away from God. But it would be a shallow interpretation to see this last chapter of Jonah as simply an example of what *not* to do.
The depth of the story comes when we see that it’s truly about a relationship — a relationship in which God goes to great lengths for us to see that we can’t really know Him without knowing His love for those we hate.
Listen to Jean’s message from Jonah 4, below.
God’s Love for Those We Hate – Jean
Speaker note: Jean is an Area Director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, oversees international student ministry across four Missouri campuses, and calls Outpour her church home. 🙂
If someone had a piece of food stuck in their teeth, or something coming out of their nose, or toilet paper stuck to the bottom of their shoe, would you tell them? Often we might shy away from doing so because we don’t want to embarrass them.
But as we read the third chapter of Jonah, we see that speaking truth to others – sharing something that’s happening that they’re not aware of – is in fact a service to them. And it’s a service that we are often reluctant to pursue.
Listen to Pastor Bum’s message from Jonah 3, below.
Speaking Truth – Pastor Bum