Jonah 1:1-3 – In our text for today, we see God commanding Jonah to go to the Ninevites and call them to repentance. But instead of obeying, Jonah ran away from God.
The book of Jonah is invaluable to us because it gives us a window into the heart of God. It also gives us a window in the heart of Jonah. The book ultimately requires us to examine our own heart.
What we are going to look at in this sermon is why Jonah ran from God. I will argue from the book that the reason he ran away is that there was a great chasm between what was in God’s heart and what was in Jonah’s heart.
1:1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. (ESV)