Jonah 1:1, “1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying”
- In verse 1 we see the name “Jonah” and the name Jonah means “dove, a messenger of peace.”
- We don’t know a ton about Jonah, but Jonah would have been raised just like every other Israelite in history, which is to be a blessing to others. Did you know this about Israel?
- Abraham in Genesis is established to be a blessing to all the nations. Moses is raised up for Israel to be a blessing to all the nations. David is set apart to lead Israel to be a blessing to all the nations, so that Israel is established to be like a mirror that reflects the glory of God to the nations, so that the nations of the world might see Israel, see the beauty of Israel, and that it would peak their curiosity about the God of Scripture.
It is possible we see so many sexual wounds in our lives today that we think these sexual wounds are just a normal part of our lives, but in Genesis 2 actually teaches us sexual wounds and sexual brokenness isn’t what God intended for in the very beginning.
Now, our culture today hears that description of sexuality, and is deeply offended. Our culture says, “We aren’t sexually wounded.’ In fact, all of the sexual shame in our culture today is because of some ill informed puritans.”
We just need to break off those sexual shackles. We need to become sexually enlightened, we need to become sexually free, and at first glance it kind of sounds wise until you realize our culture has been running that play since the 1960’s, and the promise of sexual liberation seems really confusing.
Today our culture is talking about really complicated subjects more than ever, and one of those subjects is sex, therefore, wouldn’t be awesome to grow in confidence and boldness around any subject in our culture today, especially in the subject of sex?
Imagine becoming the type of people that men and women pursued at the office and the playground for gentleness and wisdom, not only around sex, but in all areas of life?
Genesis 2:18, “18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
- In Genesis 1 we see a macro view of creation, male and female He created them in His image, and in Genesis 2 we see the God of Scripture zero in on His prized creation, humanity, and we see the foundation for marriage when it says, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
- When you see the phrase, “It is not good for man to be alone” it should jump off the page, because Adam isn’t alone. Adam is walking with the God of Scripture in the cool of the garden in perfect union.
- It is in Genesis 3 we see sin enter into creation and destroy everything God created to be good, but in Genesis 2 everything is perfect, and yet we still see the phrase, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
- Do you know why? It is because the God of Scripture created marriage to be a gift. It is because the God of Scripture created man and woman to come together under the commitment of marriage, and He created marriage to be good.
Current studies show:
- Sex is the number 1 topic searched on the internet
- In 2017 sexually driven sites are reporting 81 million visits a day.
- In 2017 the most popular day to look at sexually driven sites is Sunday.
- Yet at the same time, studies show 1 of 10 married couples sleep alone in separate rooms.
- The average age of first sexual experience is 17, 10 years ago it was 16.
- Teen pregnancy is in decline.
- Studies show marriage is taking place later in life, and virginity is becoming more common.
- In addition, studies are showing that viewing sexually driven sites are re-wiring our brains and creating sexual dysfunctions in the process. (www.yourbrainonporn.com)
It means in 2019 we are seeing more interest in isolated sexual experiences, and a decrease interest in physical sexual experiences, and as a result there is a lot of confusion in our culture around sex.
Luke 24:36-39, “36 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
- In verse 38 we see Jesus has entered into Jerusalem, been put to death on a cross, resurrected from the dead, and in verse 38 Jesus says, “Why are you troubled?” What’s up with that?
- In verse 39 you need to circle those words, “See My hands, My feet, touch Me, see Me. Those words are important. In verse 39 Jesus is pointing the disciples to verifiable evidence of His resurrection.
Luke 22:39-42, “39 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. 40 When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
- Notice the phrase, “remove this cup from Me.” The word “cup” is a reference to Jesus’ death. In Isaiah 51 Isaiah is speaking of Israel facing God’s judgment and drinking His judgment as a “cup of wrath.” (Isaiah 51:17) Jeremiah 25, Jeremiah is speaking of God’s judgment as a “cup of wrath” (Jeremiah 25:15). Throughout Scripture the word “cup” is often associated with “God’s judgment” therefore, when Jesus prays the phrase, “remove this cup from Me” Jesus is speaking about the “cup of wrath” that is going to be poured out on to Jesus at the cross.
Luke 22:43-46, “43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. 45 When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46 and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Luke 22:14, “14 When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.”
- Through the life of Jesus we constantly see Jesus saying “My hour has not come, My time has not yet come” and in verse 14 the hour has come, and Jesus reclines at the table with the apostles to celebrate Passover.
Luke 22:15-16, “15 And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”