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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
Skip Heitzig

Jonah 1 (NKJV™)
1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me."
3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
4 But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.
5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.
6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish."
7 And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
8 Then they said to him, "Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?"
9 So he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, "Why have you done this?" For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
11 Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?"--for the sea was growing more tempestuous.
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 this great tempest is because of me."
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them.
14 Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, "We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You."
15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.
16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows.
17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 2 (NKJV™)
1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly.
2 And he said: "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. "Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.
3 For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, 'I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.'
5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God.
7 "When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.
8 "Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD."
10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah 3 (NKJV™)
1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you."
3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent.
4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day's walk. Then he cried out and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.
6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water.
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?
10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
Jonah 4 (NKJV™)
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.
2 So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.
3 "Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!"
4 Then the LORD said, "Is it right for you to be angry?"
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.
6 And the LORD God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant.
7 But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered.
8 And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
9 Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!"
10 But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night.
11 "And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and also much livestock?"

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Bible from 30,000 Feet, The

Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.

Have you ever wanted to learn how The Bible fits together? The Bible from 30,000 Feet is an overview study through the entire Bible, hitting the highlights of its people, places, events and themes in about a year. This series will give you a coherent understanding of the holy word of God.



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DESTINATION: Jonah 1-4

Jonah is different from other prophetic books. It narrates a prophet's
story rather than focusing on his prophecies. The only verse that
summarizes his message is 3:4. The book teaches the lesson that God's
grace goes beyond the boundaries of Israel to embrace all nations.
Jonah is a historical story, and is also mentioned by Jesus—the book is a
picture of His death and resurrection.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

793 B.C. During reign of Jeroboam II, Jonah receives call to go

760 B.C. Amos becomes a prophet

722 B.C. Israel falls to Assyria


TRIP PLANNER:

In the book of Jonah, we see a classic example of what God can do in the life
of a prophet. Jonah was told to go and preach to Nineveh, but he chose to
be disobedient and flee to Tarshish. In spite of his disobedience, God redirected
his path and brought Jonah to repentance through a unique sojourn in the
stomach of a fish. As a result, Jonah preached to Nineveh, and repentance
was the result, which brought glory to God.
  1. Jonah Forsakes His Calling (Chap. 1)
    • Jonah's flight to Tarshish (1:3)
    • The storm at sea (1:4)
    • Jonah is thrown overboard & swallowed by the great fish (1:11-17)
  2. The Deliverance of Jonah (Chap. 2)
    • The prophet prays (2:1-9)
    • God answers (2:10)
  3. God Declares His Message to Nineveh Through Jonah (Chap. 3)
    • The threat of judgment (3:1-4)
    • City-wide repentance (3:5-9)
    • Judgment averted (3:10)
  4. The Displeasure of Jonah (Chap. 4)
    • Jonah's complaining prayer (4:1-3)
    • God's searching question (4:4)
    • The lesson of the plant (4:6-11)

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Tarshish (Jon 1:3) – Believed by many to have been a seaport or region in southern Spain.

Joppa (Jon 1:3; see Acts 9:42) – The only natural harbor in Israel south of Acco, and probably the closest one available to the fleeing prophet.

Nineveh – Capital of the ancient Assyrian Empire; population 120,000 Jon 4:11).


PEOPLE OF INTEREST:

Jonah – Son of Amittai ("true to God"). His home was in Gath Hepher in Galilee. He prophesied during the days when Assyria was threatening the Northern Kingdom of Israel.


FUN FACTS:

Tarshish - was believed to be at the end of the world. So, Jonah was actually trying to get as far away as possible from God's will for his life.

Jonah - means "dove."

Famine – God may have used famines in Assyria in 765 and 759 B.C. to prepare the hearts of the Ninevites for Jonah's evangelistic ministry.

Total Eclipse – June 15, 763 B.C. God may also have used this natural phenomenon to prepare Nineveh for Jonah's message.

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Of all the prophets in the Old Testament, Jonah is the sole one that Jesus compared Himself to; Jonah is also unique because it revolves exclusively around the gentile nation of Assyria. Watch for the type found in Jonah's death, burial, and resurrection; as we observe these four chapters.

I'll tell you a story about two guys. It was just a few days before Christmas and these two men decided they want to go sailing while their wives went Christmas shopping. You see, they hated Christmas shopping. Any man here can relate to that? Oh, some of you can at least.

So they went out sailing and a storm came up. Storm tossed this little boat so badly that they lost control of it and it got lodged in a sandbar. They were stuck out to sea in a sandbar. They get out of the boat, they get into the mud. The wind is ripping it up, throwing them against the boat. They're sinking deeper in the mud, they're pushing with their all might, it's a horrible, horrible experience. Finally one guy turns to his friend and smiles, and says, man, this sure beats Christmas shopping, don't it?

Do you know there are some people that will do anything to get out of a responsibility that they should be doing, a task, an activity they're not too fond off, even prophets. And we find out with this guy named Jonah. He's going to run from God; he's going to buy a ticket; he's going to get into a boat; he's going to get into a storm; he's going to get beat up pretty bad by this great fish, this whale, all the while smiling and saying, this sure boats going to Nineveh, don't it? It's just the kind of the guy that he is.

We're going find out why? To me this is very important, why he runs from God is way more important, than was that a literal fish or figurative? What's going on inside of Jonah, I submit is more important than what's going inside that whale.

Now this is "The Bible From 30,000 Feet", I know, but we're going to spend the whole night in just this book. Now this is a pretty short book, but I love this book, and it's an important book also in the New Testament as well, as we're going to find out in just a minute. Only 48 verses in the whole book, four short chapters, 48 verses, 1328 words, and so though we are flying over a lot of Scripture we're just sort of bring that plane really low tonight, and kind of circling over this book a few different times.

It's a minor prophet with the major message. We just commissioned a missionary tonight. Jonah was the first foreign missionary as God's represented prophet to go to another place, the town of Nineveh, and here, here is the real kicker. He ends up starting the biggest revival recorded in history, and he doesn't want to be a part of it, like the prodigal son, this is the story of the prodigal prophet.

Not everybody believes that Jonah really happened as a historical narrative, some relegate it to it being a myth like the Greek mythology tales. They say, and say Hebrew myth, and parents would love to teach this myth to their children while they would tuck them into bed. That's all it is, it's an ancient Hebrew bedtime story.

Others see it as an allegory. They say, well, its representative. Jonah represents the Jewish people, and Nebuchadnezzar is represented by the whale that swallowed him up, and the great storm that came in is simply the Babylonian storm of God's judgment. Other people believe it's a dream that there was a historical Jonah, that he got on a real historical boat, that he got on in a real bad storm, but he was down sleeping even as the text says, and he dreamed this fanciful tale, and he woke up, lived through storm, and he wrote it down.

All of those explanations, I submit to you are pure bunk. I believe this is a real historical narrative, and I believe that Jonah actually happened, call me crazy that's what I believe. I believe it for a few reasons. Number one, it reads like a real historical narrative as a matter of fact, and I take it literally.

Number two, Flavius Josephus the Jewish historian who was very meticulous about writing down what happened to the Jewish nation said, this was a real story; but here's third the real reason why I believe it because Jesus Christ Himself used Jonah as an example of His own resurrection. "As Jonah", Jesus said, "was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights." And guess what? Jesus really died and really rose, and He refereed back to a real incident of a guy named Jonah.

So if you believe the Book of Jonah is just a lie, then you have to call Jesus Christ a liar. You cannot take Jesus Christ seriously unless you are willing to take a book seriously that He Himself took seriously. And so He quoted from it. I believe it's true. I heard a story about a girl who was preaching at a university, just an open air meeting, she would just speak to whoever would come by and listen, and she was talking about Jesus loves you, and died on the Cross for you very simple message, and a professor skeptic walked by and smiled and rubbed his little whiskers, and he thought, I'm going to get this girl. And so he interrupted the preaching with everybody watching, he said, "Excuse me, you really believe in the Bible?" Yes sir, I do. You really believe all those stories are true? Aha! Story about Noah? she goes, I believe it. Really? The Red Sea opening, you believe that? Yeah, I believe it.

Now the Egyptians drowning? She said, yes, I believe it. And he said, do you believe that story in the Bible about Jonah? She goes, yes, absolutely it's true, it's in the Bible, I believe it. I have a question for you madam. How can a man survive with the gastric juices and the lack of oxygen for three days and three nights, how could he survive that?

She goes, I don't know. Further more, he went on to describe various physiological conditions that he would have to undergo while inside the belly of the whale, and asked her to explain it, and she said, I don't know, and this went on a few times, and finally she said, time out, tell you what, I don't know the answers to your questions, but when I get to heaven I'm going to ask Jonah. And he was really smug and said, well, what if Jonah isn't in heaven? And then she said, well, then you can ask him.

A little simplistic for some, but I like her approach. Let me give you a rundown to the book now. It's four chapters, again, 48 verses, 1328 words, four chapters.

Chapter 1, running from God, that's what Jonah is doing in chapter 1, he is running, fleeing from the presence of God, running from God, that's chapter 1.

Chapter 2, running to God. He starts praying, he starts seeking God. He starts conforming to His will. So running from God, chapter 1; running to God, chapter 2; chapter 3, running with God.

Now he's going to be the ambassador taking the message that God wants him to preach to the people of Nineveh, that's chapter 3.

Chapter 4, a run in with God, they have a serious disagreement in chapter 4. They're going in the same direction, something happens, and causes a tremendous run in of this prophet and God. Let's look at chapter 1 verse 1; "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of Amittai", saying. Now guess what, we know exactly where Jonah is from, even though this book doesn't tell us. In the Book of 1 Kings chapter 14, we read that Jonah the son of Amittai, was from a place called Gath-Hepher now Gath-Hepher is in Galilee. It would be four miles north east of Nazareth. Today it's a little Arab village called Al-Mashhad, but there was a literal Gath-Hepher few miles from Nazareth, he was a Galilean prophet.

You know, why I'm making a big deal out of that? Because in the New Testament the Pharisees didn't know their Bibles, and when Jesus Christ appeared on the scene, and they said, He's a Prophet, maybe He's the Messiah. One of the Pharisees said, search and look, for no prophet has risen out of Galilee, wrong answer, you fail that test, there was a prophet, his name was Jonah. He was from the Galilee region, a few miles from Nazareth. And by the way the name Jonah, you know what it means? Dove, dove.

You know some people have names that fit them, other people have names they just don't fit them. This is a guy whose name doesn't really fit his personality, because when you think of a dove, you think of, it's a symbol of gentleness, and peace, and even cooperation, not this guy.

Now I had a dentist one time named Dr. Steel, he was appropriately named, because he had nerves of steel, and he didn't mind if you hurt, if you cried, if you let the neighbors get woken up out of a dead sleep, he just keep drilling, Dr. Steel. But then, I once met a very legalistic girl, named Grace, it didn't fit, it just didn't work. I have even thought may be you should either change the theology or change your name.

Jonah, his name, dove, compliant, peaceful didn't fit him. God said, "Arise, go to Nineveh that great city, and cry out against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." This is the ancient capital city of the Assyrian empire; a great city, a huge city. Founded by a guy named Nimrod, remember Nimrod? Great grandson of Noah, he founded this city of Nineveh.

Notice God says, "Go and cry out, against it." Jonah should have loved this mission. Go cry out against it, now God will give him the message in chapter 3, verse 4, here's the message that Jonah eventually did preach.

"Yet forty days, and Nineveh will be destroyed; overthrown!" You would think that based upon what we know about Jonah, he would have said, "I'd like that Job, I'd like to see judgment fall on that town," but we find him non-compliant as we go through the story.

Verse 3, "Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish." Hmm, Tarshish, from the what? "The presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish, he paid the fare, he went down into it with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." Okay, figure it out on a map. Nineveh is 500 mile north-east of where he's from, or where he's at, and that is Joppa, 500 mile north-east. He goes, he decides to go, he tries to go, his plan is 2000 miles do west. So God says, "Go this way." Okay, tell you what, I'm going that way, far away as from God as I can get. He wants me to go 500 miles that way, 2000 miles that way. That's where Tarshish was.

Now he says, he has tried to flee from the presence of the Lord. Wouldn't you think that a prophet of God would know, you can't flee from God's presence, you can run, but you can't hide. You can't flee from God's presence.

What does it saying in Psalms 139? "Where can I flee from your presence, O Lord?" David tries to describe several different places, it's impossible to run form God. Now here's what Jonah means, here's what the text means when it says, he went to flee. It means to flee from standing before God as a prophet. He's handing in his prophetic resignation. He's saying, "I quit, I don't want to be a prophet, I'm now a non-prophet organization." This is his resignation. You think he would know better? You remember Moses trying to run from God, when God said, "Go to Egypt and be My spokesman", he had all these excuses, but he finally went? Remember Jeremiah try to quit, and said, "I'll never speak ever again in the name of the Lord." But then it says, "But His word was in me like a fire, I couldn't contain it." Here's Jonah trying to flee from the presence of God. Why? Why would a prophet whose whole job description is to hear a message from God, and to speak a message for God, try to flee from God's presence? Especially when you have an opportunity to bare the name of Yahweh; outside of your borders and have a strategic opportunity to reach an entire city; one of the greatest cities in the world.

You know this is to me like Billy Graham calling you up, and saying, I have heard about you, I'd like you to be a speaker of my next Crusade, and you were to say, "Well, there's a really good TV show on that, I, I don't think I want to do that." What? You just have like the golden opportunity handed to you, and you are going to go watch television? Go to Nineveh, cry out against it. Jonah went to flee from the presence of the Lord. Verse 4; "But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up."

Notice how verse 3 begins, what does it say? What's the first two words of verse 3? But Jonah. What's a first two words of verse 4? But the Lord. Mark that. For every move God has another move, but Jonah he is so independent, but God is now after him. Now with some people they simply comply. God speaks to them, and they are like I'm ready to do Your will. With other people, they are little more stubborn, hard hearted, hard headed, and God has to convince them through more dramatic means, shall we say.

Example, there was once a little boy name Samuel, and God came to him at night and said, Samuel, Samuel and eventually he learned that God was speaking to him, you know what he said to God? "Speak Lord, Your servant hears." Our God will love to have thousands of people that would do that, every time God spoke. "Speak Lord, Your servant hears." But not everybody is like that; some like Saul of Tarshish have to be not off their horse, put on the ground, and go, Lord, what do You want me to do? End up against the wall, Jonah is of that ilk.

Now he's going to learn, and he's going to do what God wants him to do, because God loves him too much to let him go. But listen to this scripture, it fits perfectly,

Proverbs 15:10, "Harsh correction is for him who forsakes the way." Here's the principle; if you won't listen to the still small voice of God speak to you, you may want to buy storm insurance. It's just not very smart, when God speaks to go, I'll go in the other direction.

Verse 5; "Then the mariners were afraid, every men cried to his god, and through the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load, but Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, and lain down and was fast asleep." Wow! Pagans are praying and Jonah is sawing logs.

"So the captain came to him and said. What do you mean sleeper, [not prophet, not excuse me reverend], what do you mean sleeper? Arise, call on your God, perhaps, your God will consider us that we may not perish." And they said to one another.

"Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot, [the world would say], happen to fall on Jonah."

Alright; now this is an issue just between God and His prophet, that's all. God's dealing, doing business with His prophet; it's just between those two, until Jonah got on somebody else's boat. Now because he got on somebody else's boat, he's involving them in his disobedience. A disobedient child of God is a menace to everyone involved in their lives. They have the capacity to hurt a lot of people. It might just be between you and God, but if, if you're married to a wife, married to a husband, you have children, you have parents; you're involving the people in your circle, and could cause a whole lot of damage and pain.

Case in point, there was a guy in Old Testament, Book of Joshua chapter 7, named Achan, and he just decides on his own, "Forget what God says, I'm going to take spoil from Jericho for myself." Because of that, all of Israel was under the judgment of God, because God gave an order, don't touch the spoils of Jericho, they're all to go for a specific cause. But now, he involves everyone, and many people died for his sin.

David, 2 Samuel chapter 24 decides, how wonder how big my army really is, he wanted to boast in his own military might, so he decides to take a census to find out how many fighting troops he has; 70,000 people died in a pestilence, because of David's decision, and David's pride.

Verse 8; so they said to him, "Please tell us, for whose cause is this trouble upon us." The lot fell of Jonah, now all eyes are on him, kind of like, okay dude, what's the explanation here? "What is your occupation?" O, ho! I remember a police asking me that when I was doing 95 miles an hour on a motorcycle in Tucson, Arizona, long time ago, a long time ago. What do you do for living, boy? I looked up, I thought, why did he ask that question? I said, "I am a teacher, officer." Very generic, isn't it? I am a teacher. He said, "What exactly do you teach, boy?" And I had to say, "Calvary." What is that? Calvary, Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque. Oh, you're a preacher, ha? To put it in a whole different playing field; what is your occupation? They ask him. He said to them, "I am a Hebrew, [see, he's being very general, I'm a Hebrew, I'm Jewish, and he says], I fear the Lord." Yeah, right. "The God of Heaven, who made the sea and the dry land." Okay, they're getting the picture that this guy is the prophet. The man, it says, verse 10; Were exceedingly afraid and said to him, "Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he told them."

Now I want you to look at something, because you're going to see a thread of thought. Verse 5, back in verse 5 it says, the mariners were afraid, and they were afraid because of the circumstances surrounding the event. Verse 10, it says, they were exceedingly afraid, now they're afraid of the consequences, and as if to say, now wait a minute, you are a prophet of Yahweh you know they've heard about Yahweh, they've heard about this Jewish God who opens up the Red Sea and kills Egyptians, and opens up the Jordon River and knocks over the walls of Jericho. You bummed Him out, and you're on our boat? See, they, they get this, they understand this, they, they knew his reputation.

You know some people are a bit superstitious, I was getting on an airplane, it's happened to me a few times, and I was sitting down, and either people are in line outside the gate or inside the airplane, and I will never forget this one gal, she walked on the airplane, and she stopped, she said, Pastor Skip, I said, yes ma'am. She said, I, I'm so afraid of flying, I, I hate flying, I was praying to God, and then I saw you sitting there, and now I know everything is going to be alright.

So my mind immediately went to the story, and, and I'm thinking to myself, you better hope that I'm alright with God, because if I'm not, this may be like the last plane you want to be on. There were 13 ministers, they were traveling to a pastor's conference, they were on an airplane, and the plane was experiencing turbulence, and people were afraid, their trays were going up and down, water and fluid spilling everywhere, and people are white knuckling it, and these pastors are very calm and collected, and the stewardess walks by, and one of the spokesperson for the pastor said, hey, you go tell the captain he has nothing to worry about, there are 13 ministers aboard.

So she went and told them, and came back, didn't say anything to him, and the guy stopped her and said, hey, did you tell the captain there are 13 ministers aboard? She said, yeah, I told them. What did he say? He said, he's really happy that he has 13 ministers aboard, but right now he would rather have four good engines.

Verse 11; "They said to him, what shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us? For the sea it was growing more tempestuous." He said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea." Oh, such a tenderhearted man, isn't he? Pick me up and throw me into the sea, you know what he should have said? I'll tell you what to do, you don't have to do anything, I need to repent so just stay right there for a minute, give me about 5 minutes of this repent time, and I'll be back with you. And now he says, pick me up and toss me overboard. "Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know this great tempest is because of me, never the less, the men rode hard to return to the land, but they could not for the sea was growing more tempestuous against them, therefore, they cried out to the Lord and said, we pray, oh Lord, please, do not let us perish for this man's life, do not charge us with innocent blood, for You oh Lord, have done as it pleased You. So they picked up Jonah threw him into the sea and sea ceased from raging." Verse 16, don't miss it; "Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord, and took vows." Now this is the third time, we read that these pagan mariners feared. First they're afraid of the circumstances. Second, they're afraid of the consequences. Third, they feared Yahweh, they feared the Lord exceedingly, we see a progression in these guys. By the way, this word here to fear the Lord is a Hebrew word that is to reverence, so "Yareh" to fear in the sense of worship, and reverence, and awe. Wow, He's like awesome. What a progress and what a contrast, isn't it? They pray; he sleeps. They rebuke his disobedience, he maintains his disobedience. They soften their hearts and fear Yahweh, he hardens his heart, and says, throw me overboard, the prophet of God.

Verse 17; "Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the whale, or the belly of the fish, three days and three nights." Now you know, whenever a man catches a fish, it's not really big new, as it happens all the time, and sometimes people, when they tell their stories, they get bigger and bigger and bigger, after they tell them. So when a, when a man catches a fish, it's not a big news, but when a fish catches a man; now that's newsworthy, and, and this story makes the pages of Scripture. It's such an unusual story that happened historically, that is written down for us, that's news. People have read what we just read, and they've said, preposterous, outlandish. That's such a fishy tale, I can't swallow that, and they have said other things, I won't repeat.

Now several suggestions have been made as to what happened, what kind of a creature was this? And your guess is as good as mine; I'll give you the rundown. Some believe it's a white shark, a white shark called a Rhincodon Typus that's its, its scientific name. It can grow, some say, up to 70 feet, it has been known to swallow people who have actually survived after a short period of time. Other people point to a creature called the Phinoclon shark, and the Phinoclon shark has been able to swallow sea cows up to 1000 pounds, and they have survived. Others say, it's a whale, and whales will often follow a ships when they're throwing their garbage off, and we just read they were throwing their cargo off the ship, that would certainly get the attention of creatures in the sea who would want to follow the ship to see what else would fall off, that would be for their food.

It seems that the only real candidate and this is one I vie for, is in a class called the mice dechets, and that is the Sperm Whale, the Catodon Macrocephalus, that's its scientific name, the Sperm Whale.

The Catodon Macrocephalus, it's know to have swallowed unusually large objects including sharks up to 15 feet. They have teeth but not for biting and chewing but, for gathering prey and so that seems to be the best candidate, and seals, penguins, and in some cases people have even been found who have survived.

But let's move to chapter 2; "Then Jonah prayed to his God from the fish's belly." When? After three days. Now just mark that, he didn't pray when the storm came up, he didn't, didn't pray when he fell overboard, didn't pray when he got swallowed, he was in there three days. Then Jonah prayed, three days of whale time, and that did it. It's only so much a man can take, right? It's really hot in there, really moist in there, it's really smelly in there, and I last couple of days I was in Austin, Texas, I was at a Worship Leaders Conference, down there was 103 degrees, 103 degrees, about 95% humidity. Man! I remember walking outside, went out to this restaurant to eat and there was a trash can outside, the real big kind; I walked way around it, I could smell it for like, oh, it was horrible, with that humidity and that heat.

Jonah is in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, then Jonah prayed to the Lord. So how much he can take, finally he goes, I think I want to pray now, God, now we're going to go through this prayer rather quickly, but this is what I want you to notice. There's nuances in these prayer of several different Psalms, a quotation from the Book of Lamentations, a quotation from the Book of Job, they're not exact quotations, it's very free renderings, but it shows you that this prophet Jonah was familiar with Scripture, very familiar with Scripture, because when he prays, this is what comes out.

Verse 2; "And he said, I cried out to the Lord, because of my affliction, and He answered me out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice."

Psalm 120 and Lamentations 3, have a very similar language.
"For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me." In other words, I really messed up really bad, and I'm paying for it now, that's my lose rendering of what he said. Then I said, "I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple."

Now, most people in reading this would be very suspicious that this could even be a prayer from somebody in distress. They would say, "Listen, when somebody is facing a crisis and they are about to die, they're not going to have a prepared flowery Psalm like prayer." I beg to differ. I've known people, who have come very close to death, and time slows down, there's a suspended animation, and they have said, it's like their whole life flashes before them in an instant, and things slow down, and memories come up, and words come up, that they have remembered.

And here's my point, here's a guy very familiar in his lifetime with Psalms, and Job, and Lamentations, and during this time, maybe in a coma, and out of a coma, these words recall, become his prayer, when he's almost at the end of his life. And here's the point I want to get to, here's the warning I want to give you.

Exposure to scriptural truth does not guarantee a Godly life. I want to make that a real strong point tonight. Exposure to biblical truth does not necessarily make a Godly life. One of the things that have grieved me the most in all of the years of ministry, is to see people who week by week by week, get deep, solid, exegetical, biblical, teaching truths, that would transform a life, if they were really grabbed a hold and applied to their lives. But I've watched people, I've watched church people, I've even watched in some cases staff people not take scripture to heart, and like Jonah, they come to a point like this. Exposure to the truth, but not changed by it.


Verse 5; "The waters surrounded me, even to my soul, the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head." What's that? Seaweed, its kelp. I've, I've been caught in seaweed beds before. Trying to paddle out on a surf board, you suddenly get caught by just swarms of weed, and you are stuck in it, and all you can do is cry out, kelp, kelp. I set you up for that one.

"I went down to the bottom of the mountains; the earth with its bars close behind me forever, yet you had brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer went up to You, into your Holy temple. Those who regard worthless idols, forsake their own mercy."

You see that verse, verse 8, that's the lesson he learned. This is the takeaway for Jonah. This is the bottom line for Jonah. "Those who regard worthless idols, forsake their own mercy."

I'll loose paraphrase, those who run from God tie their own noose. Now let's get even a little more earthy with it. Those who disobey God will end up as whale vomit. That's what's going to happen to him, he's going to be vomited out on the land, it's a gross thought that happens to Jonah.

Now he mentions worthless idols. What's an idol? Was Jonah carrying a round little idol statue with him and setting it up in the belly of the whale? No, an idol is anything that replaces God as first place in their life. Jonah had an idol. Do you know what the idol was? Jonah; Jonah's idol was Jonah. Jonah's idol was himself. He set his will up above God's will, anybody who does that, that's idolatry. Anybody who claims to know God, but pushes away what God wants, and their will, and their agenda is more important, as regarding worthless idols.

There's a great old Jewish proverb that says, "There's no room for God in the one who's full of himself." Jonah was full of Jonah, the belly of the whale is about to be emptied out, and Jonah's pride is about to be emptied out.

Verse 9; "But I will sacrifice to You." You go wait, wait a minute, you're in the belly of a whale dude. What do you got to sacrifice with? But he tells you, "With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed, Salvation is of the Lord." In other words, he must have said to God, "God please, if You let me get out of this whale, I'll do whatever You want." He made some kind of a vow, that's the sacrifice he's going to pay.

"So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto the dry land." Fascinating, says, and the Lord spoke to Jonah, Jonah went the other direction. God speaks to a fish, and the fish goes, okay. The prophet of God is the most out of control creature in the story. The whale worked then, didn't it? Whale time did its job.

True story; there's a guy who was in a mobile trailer up in Seattle, Washington, and a thief with a hose was trying to siphon gas from the motor home. So the owner, Dennis Quigley was his name, heard a noise outside, went out to investigate, and there is the thief, hose in hand curled over, vomiting on the dirt, and didn't know what happened. Well, this thief in trying to siphon gas put it in the wrong hole, and was sucking out sewage from the sewage tank. He was a 14 year old thief, they didn't prosecute him, they thought he suffered enough.

I think he is going to learn this lesson; we don't have to do anything else. Well you know what, after gagging on gastric juices for three days and three nights, he, he he's got it now, he he's got the lesson, and this unusual chauffeur drops Jonah off on dry land.

Now chapter 3, remember, he's running from God, now he's running to God, now he's running with God. That's the theme of this chapter. And this is really the biggest miracle in the book; it's not the whale, its chapter 3. Biggest revival in history, bigger than the great awakening, than any of the great revivals in history is this one.

You know, Billy Graham and his organization, when they go into a place, if they have a 5 percent return of people, that is, of the whole crowd that night in the stadium, if 5 percent of that crowd comes forward to receive Christ, that's sort of the standard, that's, that's a good night; if it gets up to 10 percent. It's like wow! Hallelujah! Jonah, saw 100 percent people coming to hear, and receive, and respond to his message.

"Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying." Boy, these are gracious words. You know God might just said, "Hey, I told you once, you're not going to listen Me, there's a lot better, younger preachers, prophets than you Jonah, I'll choose one of them." The word of Lord came a second time.

"Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the message that I tell you." There's one thing to be forgiven by God, is quite another thing for God to say, I'm going to give you a second chance. Isn't that beautiful? Peter knew what that was like, Peter denied Jesus three times, and Jesus came to restore him. "Peter, do you love Me?" "Yes, I do." "Then feed my sheep." Listen, Peter's going, Really? Me? "Peter, do you love Me?" "Yes, I love You." "Tend my lambs." A second chance, a commission, God wanted him to do it. Jonah was commissioned.

Verse 3, "So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord." "Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days journey in extent." C.F. Keil, the great Old Testament archaeologist tells us that the city of Nineveh -- get this, wasn't a single city, but a complex of four cities clustered together around the Tigris River. It was huge. I want you to picture it.

Here's Jonah walking up to a city, the walls are 100 feet tall, 100 feet tall, the top of this building here is about 35 feet tall. So imagine, walls are 100 feet tall, three times a peak of this roof, and posing 15 gates, they're opened on the wall of Nineveh around it, each named after one of the gods they worshiped, to be very intimidating. There were towers 200 feet, so 100 feet beyond the, the wall. It was incredible. The not the circumference, but the diameter of the city, the diameter of the city of Nineveh was 19 miles in diameter; the circumference of the city, 60 miles. Remember, its four cities clustered together, greater than Nineveh, 60 miles of circumference.

Now the ancient reckoning for travel by foot was 20 miles a day, you could cover typically, if you were walking from one place to another, 20 miles a day. So three days journey historically fits the picture. Three days journey to walk around that city and extent; it was an exceedingly great city.

Now based on chapter 4, verse 11, which tells us there are 120,000 little kids in that town. We can estimate the population to be upwards of 600,000 people. They do not love God, they hate Jewish people, they were known for brutality. Okay, in fact, Ashurbanipal, one of the Assyrian kings piled up skulls of those that he killed and captured. There were cut off lips and ears, and piled them up in front of the gates, just to keep people aware. And Jonah, one guy, walking up to that city, and he's going to say, turn or burn.

See how it goes over. "Jonah began to enter the city in the first day's walk, and he cried out, and he said, yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown." You'd expect phoom arrow, phoom, another arrow, he's dead, story is over. He gives this message, forty days and it will be over throned.

"So the people of Nineveh believed, God proclaimed a fast, put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them, the word of the -- then word came to the king of Nineveh, and he rose from his throne, and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on ashes." This is either Adad-narari the III, or Shalmaneser, one of these two guys fit that historical narrative. "And they covered themselves with sackcloth and ashes."

Stop, for a just a moment before we finish this up, because somebody is going to read this, because it happens all the time. They read and go, oh, come on. You mean to tell me one little dude walks to the gate of a pagan city, and gives a message, and everybody, just everybody suddenly turns to that God, that doesn't happen, that's impossible for an immediate genuine conversion.

Let me just plan something in your mind. These were very superstitious people. One of the great -- not great because he wasn't, it was false, but one of the gods they worshiped was the fish god. Dagon was a god, a Philistine god that was incorporated into Assyrian worship. They believed he was the god of the control of the seas; nobody could outdo Dagon, the sea god; very superstitious.

But remember what Jesus said in the New Testament. He spoke of the sign of the prophet Jonah, remember those words? He spoke of not a side that he's shown, the sign of the prophet Jonah. How could Jonah himself be a sign?

Now let me explain something to you. This is a piece of history, 1891, there was a guy name James Bartley. He was a fisherman out in the Falkland Islands, on a boat called the Star of the East. They were chasing Sperm Whales out of the Falkland Islands. One of the tails of those whales hit the boat, two men went overboard, one drowned, and Bartley was unaccounted for and thought dead.

One of the whales in that vicinity was caught and eventually brought on this huge whaling ship in 1891 and they, they skin it, they take the, the oil, started peeling the skin down and the fat from it, and as they opened it up, they found James Bartley inside in a coma, took him to the captain's quarters for two weeks before he completely revived out of it. But he was alive after a long period of time in that whale. He got up from it, his face was bleached white, neck bleached white, hands bleached white. He had the feeling look of white parchment, hair burned off from the gastric juices.

So imagine Jonah looking like that. Okay, whole different picture right? Not this guy with this Bible and a beard white, this is his white, you know dead looking papered looking like a recycled Michael Jackson, I'm sorry that's all that I can think off; bleached white, maybe like doing the moon dance.

Now he's walking into the town, they get a load of the guy, and maybe they heard from those fishermen in advance, maybe they reached in about what had happened that Yahweh was superior to Dagon? And here is the sign of the Prophet Jonah. By the way the story that I told you about the 1891 fishing ship is cited by A. J. Wilson in the Princeton Theological Review, issue number 25. If you'd like to chase that down, because where is that at? So there it is.

Verse 7; "And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: do not let them eat, or drink water," obviously this man is very touched "But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God: yes, let everyone turn from his evil way, and turn from the violence that is in his hands." "Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?" "And God saw their works, and turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster, that He said He would bring upon them; and He did do it."

Now grant it, this is a strange state of the union message for a king to bring, everybody, I want everybody, pets, stray dogs, horses, people, in sackcloth and ashes, it is what is says, even the animals. And again, you read and go, ah, that's a little weird. Using horses in funeral processions goes all the way back to the time of the Persians and even this era, and some of you remember, I remember in my mind JFK's funeral. I was just a little kid, I watched the horseless or the rider less horse, he was draped. He was in mourning garb, and his horse was marched through in that funeral procession, and it's not a typical to have people involved in some of these, and animals involved with people in some of these great acts of mourning.

A side note, a quick side note. Did you know that one of the first people groups to embrace Christianity in the 1st Century were Assyrians. When the missionaries went out to Assyria and Babylonia, they were one of the first groups to embrace it, and they trace back the Assyrian Church to this day, traces back the move of God in their culture from the time of Jonah preaching to them, and God sparing their city.

That God was merciful to us, and we wanted to always be in touch for that mercy. They were receptive to Christianity. Chapter 4 is very short, but this is the run in with God; the run in with God. Okay, this blows my mind, but, what you mean but? The whole people group repented. You, you don't hear a negative conjunction after that, "but it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry." What a contrast between God's nature and Jonah's nature. God's merciful God's slow to anger. Jonah is mafioso. He hates these people because of the bitter ankhs that had been toward the Jews from the Assyrians, and the Jewish people at that time hated the Assyrians, wanted God to judge them.

Now we do laugh at Jonah. He fled from the presence of the Lord, hated the Assyrians. Can I just try to put it in a more modern term? Let's say the story of Jonah happened during World War II, and let's say Jonah lived in New York City, in the kosher section of New York City where the lot of Jewish people lived. And it says, the word of the Lord came to this Jonah living in Manhattan, said, arise, go to Berlin, and preach this message of doom to the Nazis, but it they repent, I'm going to overturn their sins. You would read something like this, but he went into a boat in Manhattan to go to Hawaii, to flee from the presence of the Lord.

See when you put in a different more modern context; we understand his hesitancy, and now his anger. He's angry at God. But, but God is merciful, you think God is so merciful, and he's God representative, you think he would say, okay, I will get pass the personal stuff, hallelujah, they responded they repented; not with some people, it's interesting.

Do you know that the -- you know where the healthiest place to live on earth is? South Pole; South Pole, no germs, germs can't live there. It's too cold. So it's the healthiest place to live on the earth, few germs, few, those kind of things, but very few people live there. You know why? Yeah exactly, it's just too cold. There's some people just like that. They're so germ free, truth conscious, no mercy, cold to be around, hard to be with, legalistic; they're right, they're dead right.

So he pray to the Lord, and he said, "Ah Lord, [that's how he said it I believe; not ah, Lord.] Because you'll read what he said, "Ah! Lord. was this now what I said, when I was still in my country, therefore, I fled previously to Tarshish for I know that You're gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in loving kindness, one who relents from doing harm." He's not happy about God's character here. "Therefore, now Lord, please take my life from me, for it's better for me to die than to live!" Wow! The Lord said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" There's a series of questions as we close out the book, to give perspective to this guy.

Is it right for you to be angry? You know, Jonah look, I'm pleased. I'm stocked, you're displeased. Jonah, which one has the right perspective here, you or Me? Is it right for you to be angry? You know some people are angry when other people are blessed? I know Christians who get angry when other people are blessed, because they are blessed, and what about, what about me? How come I'm not blessed, what God, am I chopped liver or what? You have to beat up old car, gets horrible gas mileage. Somebody comes and says, you wouldn't believe it, rejoice with me brother, somebody gave me, gave me a new car. You go, oh. Hallelujah. It's hard for you to rejoice for those who rejoice.

Verse 5, "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, that he might see what would become of the city." "And the Lord prepared a plant, and made it to come over Jonah, [merciful to Jonah], that it might be a shade for his head, to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah, [get this], he was very grateful for the plant." It's the, it's the first time we read it that Jonah is pleased about anything.

Chapter 1, when God told him to -- gave him his commission to go to Nineveh, was he pleased? No.

Chapter 1, when a storm came out of the sea, was he pleased? No. When he went into the belly of the whale, was he pleased? No. When God gave him the second commission, he did it, but was he pleased? No. When God spared the city in His mercy, was Jonah pleased? No. Now he gets a plant. I got a plant, I'm so happy. This fast growing castor plant we believe with broad leaves, grow very, very quickly like my weeds in my backyard. "But as morning dawn, the next day God prepared a worm, and so it damaged the plant, and it withered. It happened when the sun arose, got prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, [remember he has no hair at this point, it's awfully white], and he grew faint, and then he wished for death for himself, and he says, it's better for me to die then to live."

If I were God I would have said, you know what, you are right. God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant? And he said, it is right for me to be angry even to death!" I hate to counsel this guy. The Lord said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night, and should I not pity Nineveh that great city in which there were more than a 120,000 persons, who cannot discern between their right hand and their hand, and much livestock." Jonah, you are more worried about a soulless plant, than 600,000 souls, who will face eternity. See it's all about you Jonah, it's all about you and your little comfort zone, and not all these people whom I love.

I am distrust when I see people so attached to pets, now listen, so attached to animal rights, marching for animal rights, and just that quick will be pro abortion, or you can kill human life. After all, it's all about us and our choice, but don't you hurt those animals, I'll protest for the goldfish. Ladies and gentlemen, that's whacked, that's, that's that's out of balance. [Clapping]

Now I'm going to personalize it, is because you may not clap. "Are you concerned about your own plant?" About your own comfort zone and maintaining your own comfort level? Is that more important than all of the souls that are around us, that without Christ will perish?

You know, if we could just start looking at, at people around us, millions of Americans, their conversion waiting to happen, and you have the truth.

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Destination: Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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8/29/2007
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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9/26/2007
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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10/3/2007
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Destination: Judges 1-10
Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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10/10/2007
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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11/7/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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1/16/2008
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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8/13/2008
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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8/20/2008
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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9/3/2008
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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9/10/2008
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Destination: John
John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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9/17/2008
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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9/24/2008
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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10/8/2008
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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10/15/2008
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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1/7/2009
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.