Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on Jonah and Micah which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Let’s turn this evening to the book of Jonah in CHAPTER 1. Jonah lived just a few decades after Elisha, and I’ve often thought if Gehazi had not run after Naaman to make money, is it possible that he could have got a double portion of the anointing that was upon Elisha, like Elisha got from Elijah? In which case, he would have been the next prophet, and perhaps he would have been the one who prophesied instead of Jonah or Amos, one of those people. But he missed something.
I just mentioned this to say that there is a verse in Revelation chapter 3 which says, “Take heed that no one takes your crown.” How can someone take your crown? That means a reward that God has kept for you as you are faithful in the ministry God has planned for you, you can miss it altogether if you are unfaithful in your life, and that ministry which you were supposed to fulfill goes to somebody else.
I say that because Jonah was the next prophet after Elisha. And here we read, it’s not a prophecy, this book really, among all the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi, this is one book which is not a prophecy, it’s a story, and perhaps he writes it himself in the third person. And basically it’s a story of God’s tremendous love for all people, just like Amos said that God loved all people.
Here we see in the book of Jonah, this is the great missionary book of the Old Testament, and it speaks of the narrow — it shows the narrow-heartedness of the Jewish people, and the large-heartedness of God in His concern and His love for the nations, even for the most wicked nation, which at that time was Assyria, whose capital was Nineveh.