A Fair Shake

Episode Theme

Justice-Seeking: What's fair about "It's not fair"?

Memory Verse

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

True or false: Jonah ran away because he was too scared to go to Ninevah. False! Being scared of Ninevites was not what made Jonah run...

What if you were Jonah? You are an Israelite. The Ninevites are MEAN, MEAN, MEAN! Cruel. Hateful. Powerful. They are the Big Bully in the neighborhood.

One day God comes to you with a mission: Go to Ninevah and tell them that if they don't repent of their sins, God will destroy them. How would you feel? Excited that the Ninevites will be justly punished? Scared to travel to Ninevah? Nervous about walking the streets in Ninevah? Worried that a Ninevite will hurt you? Afraid that the Ninevites just might repent? And be forgiven by God?

That's the fear that Jonah had-that these terrible people just might be forgiven for all the awful things they did. Jonah hated Ninevites for what they had done to Israel. Jonah didn't want to help them. He didn't want anything good from God to go to them. Jonah knew God. Jonah knew of God's loving-kindness. Jonah knew that God could forgive the Ninevites. Jonah knew God would forgive the Ninevites if they repented.

So Jonah headed in the opposite direction. After swimming in the sea and sitting in a fish, Jonah repented and obeyed God's order. Hhe went to Ninevah. Then it happened-just as Jonah had feared it would. The Ninevites took Jonah's message seriously. They honestly repented. They asked for God's forgiveness. Yes, God heard them and forgave them all.

At this point, Jonah was so disgusted at how kind God was to people who didn't deserve it, that he forgot that he too had recently been given God's mercy and kindness in the storm and in the fish.

What about you? Do you ever feel like Jonah? Do you have anyone in your life who really bugs you? Someone that you would hate for God to bless? If you do , it's time to ask God to forgive you. It's better to give that person some extra kindness-there's more than enough of God's love for everyone.

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