God of Love, God of Judgement?
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
Jonah calling Nineveh to Repentance
“Yet Forty Days, and Nineveh shall be
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Bulletin – Pastor to People – Sermon Notes
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July 18, 2010
Bulletin – Sunday, July 18, 2010
Welcome Rev. Bill Bertsche
Ministry Focus Men’s Fraternity, MBI Men’s Conference and Small Groups
Invocation Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”
“Great Is the Lord” Hymnal 140
“How Great Is Our God” (Tomlin, Cash, and Reeves)
“God of This City”
Pastoral Prayer Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Scripture Reading Jonah 3:1–10 (ESV) Alene Dix
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh,
“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Song of Response
Benediction Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108
Sunday Evening Gathering
Celebrating Biblical Community
Today we are very pleased to welcome Michael Ramsden to The Moody Church. Mr. Ramsden serves as the European Director of the Zacharias Trust. He also serves as Co-Director of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, a very dynamic and strategic ministry in the heart of Oxford University. We greatly look forward to Michael’s message to us today.
We rejoice that 70 of our students (4 th graders through high school) were able to attend summer camp at Lake Ann, Michigan this past week, and we thank God for all that He did in these young lives. They are the future of our church.
Please be praying even now that God will powerfully meet us as together we humbly come into His presence this morning
With thanksgiving for our Gospel partnership,
Hutz H. Hertzberg
Sermon Notes – Sunday, July 18, 2010
Jonah’s Anger and the LORD’s Compassion
1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[a] and(A) he was angry. 2And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country?(B) That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a(C) gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3(D) Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me,(E) for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the LORD said,(F) “Do you do well to be angry?”
5Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and(G) made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6Now the LORD God appointed a plant[b] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[c] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching(H) east wind,(I) and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he(J) was faint. And he asked that he might die and said,(K) “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9But God said to Jonah,(L) “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11And should not I pity(M) Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much(N) cattle?”
This Christian sarcophagus was made in the third century and used to be in the Lateran Museum, but has been transferred to the Vatican. These photos were not made in Rome, however, but in Mainz, where a replica is displayed in the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum.
Although the scene left, to the top, represents Christ and Lazarus, the other scenes are from the Biblical book of Jonah.
- To the left, we see how the prophet pays the fare (Jonah 1.3)
- and is thrown into the sea (1.15).
- To the right, we can see how the big fish vomits out the prophet (2.10).
- Above the big fish, to the left, we see Jonah warning the Ninevites (3.4), and the Ninevites running to their king (3.5-6),
- and to the right, we can see the prophet sleeping in the shade of a plant (4.5).
Today we are pleased to welcome Michael Ramsden, who has served as European Director of the Zacharias Trust since its foundation in 1997. He is also joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and Lecturer in Christian Apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Michael was brought up in the Middle East and later moved to England where he worked for the Lord Chancellor’s department investing funds. While doing research at Sheffield University, he taught Moral Philosophy and lectured for the International Seminar on Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Strasbourg. Michael speaks to a wide variety of audiences worldwide and is involved in a number of initiatives to equip and train emerging leaders and evangelists throughout Europe. He has contributed to the books Preach the Word! and Beyond Opinion. He is married to Anne and they live in Oxford with their three children.