1 And the word of Yahweh came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Get up! Go to the great city Nineveh and cry out against her, because their evil has come up ⌊before me⌋.” (This the Assignment) 3 But Jonah set out to flee toward Tarshish from ⌊the presence of⌋ Yahweh. And he went down to Joppa and found a merchant ship going to Tarshish, and paid her fare, and went on board her to go with them toward Tarshish from ⌊the presence of⌋ Yahweh.
The Word of the LORD came to Jonah
Jonah: (Dove)onah was from Gath Hepher (meaning “winepress of the pit”), a town in lower Galilee near Nazareth (). The town has been identified with the modern village of el-Meshhed, where the tomb of Jonah is still shown. Gath Hepher was within the tribal territory given to Zebulun (see , ), so it is likely Jonah belonged to that tribe. Jonah ministered during the reign of Jeroboam II of Israel (793–753 bc; ).
Go to the great city Nineveh
Because their evil has come up before me
This is the Assignment!
The Word of the LORD came to Jonah (1:1a)
Thought: Who is Jonah? (Dove)was from Gath Hepher (meaning “winepress of the pit”), a town in lower Galilee near Nazareth (). The town has been identified with the modern village of el-Meshhed, where the tomb of Jonah is still shown. Gath Hepher was within the tribal territory given to Zebulun (see , ), so it is likely Jonah belonged to that tribe. Jonah ministered during the reign of Jeroboam II of Israel (793–753 bc; ).
Jonah Got a Call for an assignment!: "The word of the LORD came to Jonah"
Folks, it is not often you get a call from God telling you to go out and do something form Him! Please note, every time He call you for something the task is very important and it is doable.When God calls it is all way more important then what you have going on at the time, no matter how big you might believe your task is; however, you would be better off paying close attention to what God is calling you for. From time to time when ever God calls there seems to be a big fight at the beginning, nine time out of ten we pick the fight we never could win. Beloeve of God, when God calls He has an assignment for you!
Today, we have ID caller on our phones, if there is someone on the line we simply do not answer the phone, unless that person deserves our attention we take the call, right! but when God calls, He trumps all other calls!
To elevate problems all through out our lives 'don’t answer God's call!', we better take God's call, because He will not be calling just to shoot the breeze it is very important, like right-now He is calling to give you an assignment!, God is calling someone here today!
Get Up! God to Nineveh and cry out against it (1:1b)
Thought: That assignment can be found in 3:4, "7 tn Heb “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown!” The adverbial use of עוֹד (’od, “yet”) denotes limited temporal continuation ( s.v. עוֹד 1.a; ; ). rendered it as “at the end of [forty days, Nineveh will be overthrown].”
God gave Jonah a very important assignment,
God gives us all a very important assignment:
Adam and Eve: there assignment was to have (Gen 1:26) dominion over the fish of the sea over the birds of the air, and all the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, , Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue ti (15) The LORD God planted a garden He place man in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
God gave Noah and his family the assignment of build an Ark for himself and his family ()
God gave Abraham and Sarah the assignment of leading the Hebrew into the land of Canaan ()
God gave Moses the assignment to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and show them the prosmise land (;)
God gave Joshua the assignment to lead the Hebrew into the promise land promised through Abraham
God gave Saul the first king God set over the Hebrews ()
God gave David two to be second King , a king after God's on heart ( )
God gave Esther the assignment was to save the Jew from the fiendish plot of Haman who intention s were to destroy them.
God gave assignments to Isaiah, Jeremiah , Ezekiel and Daniel to be the major prophets to the many kings who would rise and be seated over the divided nation
God has given me and you an assignment today when he says, “the come, repent of your sins, believe Jesus in your heart Chrit is the risen One so that He would be King and Lord in your live! and if you have already made Him your LORD and Saviour, then your assignment is witin the local body (the chruch) of Christ! serving Him is one way giving Him glory with your life!
What could be your assignment?
If you are brand new in the local body, your assignment will be to learn the foundational truths of God's Word
Your assignment could be to use your spiritual gifting in the church to bring God glory! and -
Great measures of Faith (: 3-8)
Ministering, let us use it in our ministering
He that teach, in teaching
Exhorts in exhortation
He who gives
He who leads
He who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
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Witnessing! Acts 1:8
This looks like everything done in the church! this is where God get His glory
Jonah was give an assignment he did not want!
Thought: John was infuriated with his assignment, his anger drove him in the direction of Tartessus, Tarshish Probably Tartessus in southern Spain, perhaps the most distant city known to Israel. Tartessus was a Phoenician colony. At this time, Phoenicia was a close ally of Israel, an alliance solidified with the marriage between King Ahab of Israel and Jezebel, a Phoenician princess. See on .
“Get up! Go to the great city Nineveh and cry out against her, (why ? )because their evil has come up ⌊before me⌋.” Because He was down right up-set at what the Ninevites for what they did to them long ago!
When you reject the assignment God has give you, the only why to go is down
Jonah went down to Joppa (3a)
Jonah went down into the ship (Vs3b)
Jonah went down into the hold of the ship to sleep (vs 5)
Rejecting Godly Assignment will Only Take You Down
Submission to a Godly Assignment Takes You Up