God is a God of Second Chances

God is a God of Second Chances

 

WEEK 34:

Chapter 3:1-3 1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

Verses 1-3 – Jonah was given a second chance. Our God is the God of second chances. The story of Peter is the story of second chances. Even though Peter denied the Lord, Jesus made it a special point of restoring him and his call. As long as we draw breath, we can turn and be restored – but there are no second chances beyond the grave! God has not removed the call for Jonah to go to Nineveh and carry them a message. Now that God has Jonah’s attention, He speaks to Jonah again. God is gracious in giving Jonah a second chance – God again commissioned him to go to Nineveh. Jonah is the only prophet actually sent by God to preach repentance in a foreign land. This is telling Jonah to get on with the ministry. He has already wasted time. He must go now and preach to all of these people.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Preaching is for the purpose of saving people. The Words that come from Jonah’s mouth will not be his own. They will be the Words God put there, to cause these people to repent of their sins and be saved. This city has over 600,000 souls in it.

Jonah has learned his lesson well. He obeys God this time, and goes to Nineveh. Jonah did exactly as the Word of the LORD commanded him to do.

“An exceeding great city of three days’ journey”- A metropolitan city the size of Nineveh, with a circumference of about 60 miles, would require 3 days just to get around it. These dimensions are confirmed by historians. Excavations of Nineveh reveal that the circumference of the walls surrounding the city were 8 miles – which is quite large, but nowhere near the 60 miles spoken of here in the 3-day’s journey. This refers to the district or city-state called Nineveh. In the ancient world, empires were divided up into districts, and each district was administrated by a main city.   The district usually drew its name from that main city. The city of Nineveh was the administrative centre of the district of Nineveh which was about 60 miles across. Inside this area were many smaller cities, towns and villages. Jonah was sent to the entire district. As soon as he entered it, he began to proclaim the message God had given him to preach. 40 days, then judgment will fall!

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References:

http://www.bible-studys.org/Bible%20Books/Jonah/Jonah%20Chapter%203.html

http://www.calvaryoxnard.org/studies/ot/Jonah/mwjonah.htm

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