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Jonah 4:5 “So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, till he might see what would become of the city.”
 
So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city.
Jonah did not answer God’s question in verse four but made himself a box seat to see the fireworks that he expected God to rain down on Nineveh.  Apparently he had an unobstructed view of the entire city. 
There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade,
While waiting for the doom of Nineveh, Jonah provided for his own personal comfort first and foremost.  He defied God further by selfish concern for his personal welfare.  What a contrast to the king of Nineveh, sitting in ashes and sackcloth! 
till he might see what would become of the city
Jonah got a good view of the city with its fifteen hundred towers and high walls.  Jonah might have said to himself, “Oh, oh, I had better get out of this city.  God is going to make this city an ash heap.”  We see the heart of Jonah.  Later in the chapter, we will see the heart of God.  Can you see Jonah in his easy chair saying, “Hit them with a thunderbolt!  Send an intercontinental ballistic missile to wipe them out!”  There is no compassion here, just judgment and condemnation. 
PRINCIPLE: 
There is no place in spirituality to carry a wounded attitude. 
APPLICATION: 
Jonah had a hard heart toward the lost.  The sad thing is that our hearts are just as hard as his.  We do not want to be disturbed in our lives of comfort.  Our hearts are just as hard about the people where we live.  Are you extending compassion to anyone now? 
How long has it been since you shared Christ with someone? 
Are you in the business of giving or providing for your own personal comfort?  Many of us get to such a point of self-interest that we sulk.  That is what kids do.  If they do not get their way, they pout.  A big lip protrudes out.  Does your husband do that?  He just goes over to the couch and lies there like a big glob of grease!  Maybe you have a wife like that?  The best school in which to learn selflessness is the School of Matrimony.  We learn to get along with someone who differs from us.  We learn that it does not profit us to pop off with our opinion without giving due consideration to someone else. 
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