Grace Bible Church Pastor-Teacher Robert R. McLaughlin Friday November 3, 2017
Did Jesus have a sense of humor? Some people say no. They’ll tell you that the Bible explicitly says that He wept, but never describes Him as having laughed!
JOH 21:25, Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
PSA 2:1-4, Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against His anointed…The One enthroned in Heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
How can we His creatures think things are funny unless the whole idea came from God in the first place?
The prophet Jonah was a drama queen. His story certainly has some humor within it.
We know Jonah was in Nineveh during the time of King Jeroboam II, and the King of Assyria at that time was King Ashur Dan III.
Ironically they all called on false gods to protect them and of course none of the false gods can stop the storm.
MAT 12: 39-40, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
GEN 1:14, Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs…
Hey! you got 40 days or you will be destroyed but whatever you probably don’t want to so… that’s fine.
The King of Nineveh and the people, were all just waiting for salvation or deliverance or the truth, they repent and believe in the God of the Hebrews, the Lord God…YHVH.
Jonah says, look I was concerned that this would happen, I didn’t want these people to respond, but they did. I tried to prevent it.
PRO 11:22, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”
PRO 21:9, “Better to live on a corner of a third floor apt in fall river than share a mansion in Newport with a quarrelsome wife.”
PRO 22:13, “The sluggard, the lazy man, says, ‘There is a lion outside! I’ll be eaten.’”
HEB 11:11-12, By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand on the seashore.
Balak asks Balaam to come to Moab and basically put a curse on the people of Israel who were threatening to overrun their lands.
NUM 22:33, The donkey saw Me and turned away from Me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the plank in your own eye?”
PHI 2:12-13…work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.