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Read Introduction to Jonah

 

Jonah 4:3 “Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!”
 
Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me,
Jonah was pleased initially to think God was going to destroy the pagans in Nineveh.  He wanted God to punish the Ninevites for their atrocities.  Jonah did not get his way so he asked God to kill him.  He did not want to commit suicide; he wanted God to take his life. 
One is surprised that God did not answer Jonah’s prayer and destroy him on the spot.  But he needed to be taught the value of a human soul. 
PRINCIPLE: 
Each of us must learn the value of each and every human soul. 
APPLICATION: 
Suppose God would have answered your prayers and you would have married that skinny guy you were going with?  Look at that nice husband you have now.  You would have been stuck with that puny fellow!
God needs to teach each one of us the value of the human soul.
Mt 16: 26For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
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