Welcome to week 2 of our sermon series in Jonah! Last week I told you that this book will serve as a mirror for us regarding how we respond to the will of God in our lives. God commanded him to go to the city of Nineveh and preach against it in hopes that they might turn away from their sin, but Jonah was unwilling to do so. In fact, he was so unwilling that he sailed miles in the opposite direction to run away from his assignment. In the midst of the story, we learned that God is a good and loving Father who disciplines His children in hopes of helping us to learn and move forward in obedience.
We also learned that God gives us second chances. We recognized last week that the storm and the belly of the fish, although difficult, were gracious acts of God to redeem Jonah and give him the opportunity to change his ways.
This week we get to see how he responds and I hope this study will give you another opportunity to meditate on how you might need to respond to God in your own life. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. God gave Jonah a clear command and Jonah disobeyed. Scripture tells us that we all behave this way.
Now, as we enter chapter 2, we hear Jonah confess his sin and turn toward God in obedience. This is called the repentance stage. In verse 10 of chapter 2, we find Jonah delivered from death via the vomit of the fish, which is gross, but it is deliverance nonetheless.
This is the redemption stage. Chapter 2 begins by reminding us that Jonah was in the belly of a giant fish when he prayed this prayer.
But now, in the belly of the fish, Jonah finally prays.When God gives you a second chance.
Dazed, I heard the shrill whistle of the train before I saw it. Then — like something that happens only in movies — I saw the arms of the gates hem me in, and I heard the involuntary scream of terror escape my lips. There are different pitches to screams. I have been scared many times in my life, but it was the first time I had heard a blood-curdling scream come from me. I have often wondered if the passengers in the SUV heard me. They must have braced themselves, thinking that my van was going to get pulverized by the oncoming train.
I remember how my scream filled my van. I recall turning to see the train coming toward me and hearing the whistle blaring. Thank God, my mind started to work.
I came to my senses, realizing that there was room to drive around the guard arm. Less than a minute later, the train passed by as I sat shaking in my seat. All in the space of a minute, my life flashed before my eye, and for a couple of years, I experienced PTSD when driving. It was the second time in my life that God had given me another chance. When I was 6, I saw — or imagined — my funeral as I bobbed up and down in the water, leaping up for a breath and a holler for help just before the water shrouded my head again.
For me recently, this has been a time of meditating on second chances and how God allows close calls to happen to us to wake us up — to give us another opportunity to amend our lives and to stop wasting time. The terrifying railroad track experience happened inand I had not thought of it in a long time until this month when two people that matter to me had a brush with death. On Feb. He and a friend were kayaking in a state park when their kayak T-boned a fallen log and capsized.
Only six days before, the friend had taken a recertification course for CPR, so he knew what to do. The two men — shivering from the frigid waters and the falling night temperatures — waited for five hours on a 1-foot-wide muddy embankment that was up against a foot cliff of granite rocks before a large rescue team finally located them. It will take time, but he is on the mend.
A few days later, on Feb. As she was leaving evening Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, Connecticut, a speeding red sports car barreled toward her as she crossed the street using the crosswalk. Fortunately, the vehicle came to a screeching halt in the nick of time. These two close calls with death made me meditate on my own near brushes and whether I have made good use of my second chances.
Have I done enough to make the world a better place? Have I loved unselfishly? Have I put God before myself? Taking a hard look at myself, I see that I have made some improvements, but I also own the amount of time I waste seeking comforts and living my life vicariously through Netflix and Hulu rather than really living and loving deeply.
This book is a devotional designed for use through Lent to Easter Sunday. However, for the Christian, it is a practice that extends beyond the reality of the earthly life and bodily death.What a relief that we worship the God of second chances!
If there's one truth that's indisputable about human beings, it's that we have an infinite capacity to mess up. We singles are no exception.
But even more infinite than our ability to sin is God's desire to forgive us. For those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior, that means God will forgive us every time we ask. Just as there are no limits on God's love, so there are no limits on his forgiveness, either. God does not expect us to be sinless beings. That would not be realistic, given our fallen nature. He makes a way for us to learn from our mistakes and move on. Christ's atoning work on the cross covered our sins past, present, and future.
Every time we sincerely ask forgiveness, we receive another chance. One of the most effective people in the Bible received a second chance from God. In fact, he received many, many chances. We can draw hope from the story of Moses, found in the book of Exodus. Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster who was abusing Hebrew slaves. When Pharoah found out, he tried to kill Moses. Escaping to Midian, Moses became a shepherd, married, and started a family.
He had given up and "settled" for the life he had.
64 Second Chances Quotes That Will Inspire You To Try Again
Does that sound familiar? But God gave Moses a second chance. God wouldn't listen to any excuses. He ignored the fact that Moses had failed before. He didn't care about Moses' low self esteem or speech disability. God had a job for Moses to do, and he was going to give him as many chances as he needed to do it. The God of second chances will do the same thing for you today. If anybody in the Bible deserved a lightning bolt from heaven to incinerate him on the spot, it was Saul of Tarsus.
Admitting Failure Gives You a Second Chance From God
He is introduced in Chapter 9 of the book of Acts. A zealous persecutor of the fledgling Christian Church, Saul deserved to die for his treachery against God. Not only did Jesus convert Saul to believe in him, he used him--as the apostle Paul--to take the Gospel to the Gentiles.
During the rest of his life, Paul was shipwrecked, beaten, stoned, robbed and imprisoned, yet God protected him from death, giving him chance after chance to complete his assignment. Paul did. Do you have to be a Moses or Paul to receive a second chance--or third chance or millionth chance--from God? Christ has a second chance for anyone who needs it, including you.
Maybe you've failed at something in life, and you think that dream is lost.We should rejoice in the fact that we serve a God of multiple chances. We have all fallen short. God is not obligated to forgive us. Out of His grace and mercy He has sent His perfect Son as the propitiation for our sins. When is the last time that you thanked God for the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Every day that you wake up is another chance graciously given to you through the pain, the suffering, and the powerful blood of Christ!
Jonah is given a second chance. We all remember the story of Jonah. Jonah ran. He backslid. God could have let Jonah go his own way, but He loved Jonah too much to allow him to remain on the wrong path. God went out of His way and caused a storm to get His child back.
Jonah was eventually thrown overboard and swallowed by a huge fish. From inside the fish Jonah repented. At this moment, God could have just forgiven Jonah and that could have been the end of the story.
However, this is obviously not what happened. God gave Jonah another opportunity to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh.
This time Jonah obeyed the Lord. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.That is a great question. Many Christians assume they already know the answer because they were never taught any other view. Many times in these blogs I like it that you have some self-discovery as we go, but today I am going to make a statement about the resurrection and the judgment which go together in the scripture, and what I believe it means, THEN we will see if it fleshes out.
In order to answer your question, we need to look at the resurrection and the judgment. It was the judgment of the living and the dead. The living, in that the judgment of the Law ended the old covenant system, and was a natural, this life, in-their-physical-bodies-kind-of judgment.
For the judgment of the dead, it was a raising out of Hades, the abode of the dead, and into heaven. Which leads to the answer to the question. How many were raised out of Hades in AD 70 into heaven?
It looks like God gives "second chances" after all Most Christians actually believe this too because they believe babies and people in the jungles of Africa who have never heard the gospel will somehow get a second chance. Before you tag me a heretic, and comment on Facebook why not see if the evidence holds up. Again in a similar context in Mt. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand.
Acts 15 having hope toward God, which they themselves also wait for, that there is about to be a rising again of the dead, both of righteous and unrighteous; YLT. Even the Governor Felix knew about It: As he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment about to come. Acts Not years later. According to Paul in Corinthians the judgment was going to take place in the bodyi. So if they were still alive, it would mean in their physical bodies.
Allow the simplicity of that to sweep away the clouds of confusion. Remember judgment can mean separation, and not necessarily punishment. God separated the wheat from the tares, the sheep from the goats, and the wheat from the chaff by giving them a choice to trust Christ and leave the OC system, or stay in the city and they would die in the fires of Jerusalem by the hand of Rome.
The ones who trusted Christ avoided that wrath while they were alive.If you want to comment on this content, go here. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. We came into the world needing a second chance, which is why we have a gospel—Christ died for my sins.
Without a second chance, we would be eternally divorced from God. The gospel gives us a second chance, which allows us to be born a second time. It also provides us many other second opportunities after we are born again because the gospel applies to our salvation and our sanctification 1 John Jonah was a believer in God, who needed a second chance. It seems like he would have been more obedient to God, but he was not, which makes Jonah similar to us. We will need second chances until He glorifies us fully with Him in heaven.
Conccerned about the justice of this view?
God gave Jonah an opportunity to trust Him. Jonah failed. It worked. Instead of going to Nineveh, he fled toward Tarshish. It is as different as heading east when you are supposed to go west. Jonah was running from what he knew to be the right thing to do. I am not sure how long it took Jonah to perceive the clues, but I do know it was no more than three days.
It appears he quickly repented and God had him spit out in the right direction Jonah Does this pattern look familiar to your life? It does for mine. It seems like I would eventually get a clue and listen to the Lord the first time so we would not have to go through all the repeated rigmarole.
The reason I need second chances is that I am a failure Romans The gospel declares me a human failure, and even after salvation, my imperfections are part of my life.
I am not discouraged by this news because of the gospel. Unregenerate people are without hope; and Christians who do not understand the practical implications of the gospel. These two people groups do not confront their problems the right way. Gospel people see their failures as opportunities for change; there is a victory in Jesus. Gospel people can quickly recalibrate their hearts when they fail because they know God is a God of second chances.There are many examples in the Bible of when God gave people second chances.
Noah was found drunk by his sons; Abraham trafficked his wife, Sarah; Moses murdered an Egyptian; Rahab committed prostitution; and David hired someone for murder and committed adultery. Then there are those in the New Testament: Zaccheaus, the tax collector, who overtaxed people out of personal greed, yet was accepted by Jesus prior to his conversion; and Peter, who denied Christ three times.
Yet, in spite of their illegal and immoral behavior, God gave them a second chance. They were repentant and went on to be faithful servants of God.
But is it really God giving them a second chance to make good choices, and if they mess up again, he is done with them? Tim Keller states. It is not one more chance to be a good moral person. Be as generous, caring and compassionate as me. If Jesus Christ came like that, if he came to be a model and example to us so we could redeem ourselves, he is an utter failure. Because nobody can care like Jesus cared. And nobody can love like Jesus loved. And nobody can give like Jesus gave.
If he is my model and he gives me one more chance, all he does is show me that I can never redeem myself. He devastates me, he demoralizes and demolishes me. And leaves me in the darkness. It is not one more chance to be good.
Jesus Christ came and died to pay the penalty of our failures and if we receive him, his record becomes our record. I have lived the perfect life, I have died the perfect death. I put myself in your place, I took your penalty so that if you trust in me, and you lay your doing down, and you trust wholly in me, the Father will welcome you as complete in me.
Lay your deadly doing down at his feet, stand in him alone, gloriously complete. Do we as Christians really understand the grace and mercy given to us?
When God Gives You A Second Chance
Imagine if your greatest sin was made public and everywhere you went you had to reveal that mistake. What if you were labeled by your sin—as a liar, adulterer, gossip, addict, failure, criminal, etc.?
Is this the biblical response toward those who have been caught in sin? Let me focus on those who have committed an illegal act. People who society has given themselves permission to hate. Rather than continuing to support a retributive system which focuses on punishment, warehousing, and dehumanizing people, we need a justice system which focuses on accountability, redemption, and restoration.
We usually view them with suspicion and interact cautiously with them. Furthermore, when we go into prisons and detention centers we frequently do not believe that people behind bars are capable of returning as citizens who can make our neighborhoods better places.
Christians are different. The gospel revolutionizes our attitude toward those who harm. Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed oppressive weight of temptation and spiritual failure.
If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. Christian justice focuses normatively on solidarity with sinners and their restoration, not on harsh punishment and rejection.