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22 January 2012

Sermon: Epiphany 3 (OT)

22 January AD 2012

Sermon Theme: From Doom to Deliverance

Summary: All mankind — from Adam through the Ninevites to us — deserves nothing but doom, death, and damnation. Yet even as the Lord had compassion on the wicked Assyrian capital, so He also desires not our destruction but our salvation. He delights not “in the death of the wicked” but desires that the sinner “should turn from his way and live. (Ezekiel 18:23)”

Unlike the reluctant Jonah, Jesus willingly suffered His doom on the cross that we might be delivered into forgiveness and life everlasting by faith in Him. The Holy Spirit calls us, God’s redeemed children, to have Christ’s love for others, whether family and friends or strangers and enemies.

Jonah in NinevehText: Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.

Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of From Doom to Deliverance, preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri.

See Ask the Pastor for more on The Number Forty while Scriptural Veracity and Old Testament: Mythical or Literal discuss the historicity of Jonah and other people and events of the Bible.

Other Readings: Psalm 62; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (32-35); Mark 1:4-20

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