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Man Overboard!
Jonah 1:10-16 

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Last week, we left our young hero, Jonah on the deck of a ship headed toward Tarshish The ship was in danger of sinking because of a great wind God hurled against the sea. Jonah, a prophet of the Lord, rebelled against God's instructions to go to Nineveh and preach against their sin. Instead, he boarded a ship, headed toward Tarshish, the opposite direction, to "flee from the presence of the Lord."

On his journey, Jonah learned that there is no place where God isn't. God was in Jerusalem, where Jonah probably lived, God was in Nineveh, where God told Jonah to go, and God is on a ship on the way to Tarshish, where Jonah wasn't supposed to be. I wonder if Jonah remembered what the Psalmist wrote, as he shivered in the storm: Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? [8] If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. [9] If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; [10] Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10 KJV)

Today, it is very comforting to me to know that God is everywhere, but it wasn't to Jonah. He was running from God and he hoped he could find a place where God wasn't. Let's rejoin the story this morning by reading Jonah 1:10-16

"Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, 'How could you do this?' For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. [11] So they said to him, 'What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?'-- for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. [12] And he said to them, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.' [13] However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them. [14] Then they called on the Lord and said, 'We earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man's life and do not put innocent blood on us; for Thou, O Lord, hast done as Thou hast pleased.' 

[15] So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. [16] Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows."

Obviously, Jonah had his share of character flaws, but I do admire his honesty. He is honest with God, honest with the sailors, honest with the Ninevehites, and honest with his readers. Have you stopped to consider that this book is an autobiography? Jonah is honest enough with us that he tells his story, "warts 

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