The Mariner’s Message
- The Revelation of the Word – vs. 1 – not a small thing; not a light matter for God to speak…
- The Request of the Lord – vs. 2 – very specific, easy to understand. No confusion;
- The Rebellion of the Believer – vs. 3a – why do God’s people always do the OPPOSITE??
- The Result of the Decision – vs. 3b – it put him further away from God – FROM THE PRESENCE
- The Rebuke of the Perishing – (message)
In the Bible, God used a variety of things to speak rebuke to the people of God.
He used an ass to rebuke Balaam.
He used a rooster to rebuke Peter.
In this story, he used a bunch of heathen mariners to preach a message to the prophet, Jonah.
I. A Message about Supplication – vs. 5
- 5a Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god,
The Muslims pray 5 times a day.
The rich man in Hell prayed in Luke 16
The lost man Cornelius prayed and fasted in Acts 10.
These Mariners were not known for their prayer life.
There were lost men everywhere praying.
Maybe we should adapt the saying, “Praying like a bunch of sailors.”
Jonah doesn’t start praying until Chapter 2:1
They asked him to pray in verse 6, but he didn’t!
The heathen are begging the man of God to pray.
Guess what….? The unsaved in your life need you to have a prayer life also!
II. A Message about Sacrifice – vs. 5
- 5 – Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them.
In the grand scheme of things, their personal belongings meant nothing to them.
They didn’t care what they had; nothing was worth people dying for.
They didn’t evaluate their assets; nothing they had was more valuable than the souls that were perishing.
Are our belongings more important to us than the perishing around us?
Illustration: Uncle Bobby had a bulldozer business. He was audited by the IRS. He got flagged because he had entered his brand new high-top conversion van as a work vehicle and a tax write-off. When the IRS agent brought up this discrepancy, Uncle Bobby walked him out into the yard. He opened up the back door of the van and there was the transmission of a bobcat sitting in the back of the brand new van on a piece of cardboard. Uncle Bobby looked at that IRS agent and said, “Everything I own makes me money!”
III. A Message about Sin – vs. 10
A. They were bothered by his Sleeping – vs. 6
What meanest thou, o sleeper?
B. They were bothered by his Secrecy – vs. 8
What is thine occupation? From whence comest thou? What is thy country? what people art thou?
C. They were bothered by his Selfishness – vs. 10
Why hast thou done this?
IV. A Message about Solutions – vs. 16
Jonah’s solution to the troublemaker was to just throw him off the ship.
Jonah’s solution to the one causing the problem was to feed him to the sharks.
Jonah’s solution was to cast the one with the issues away.
Imagine if he was that someone else?
If he was that brutal with his solution, and it was him, what would he do if it was someone else?
He was so carnal he got mad at God when Ninevah had a revival! – 4:1
They were more forgiving of him than a lot of Christians.
They didn’t want to cast him out.
Conclusion: They feared the Lord – EXCEEDINGLY, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.