Lesson 94

"How Stubborn is This Guy?"

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JONAH, CHAPTER 4

God’s mercy makes Jonah angry
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3  Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
4  Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd?
And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10  Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 and should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Lesson No. 94 (Jonah:4)      "How Stubborn is This Guy?"

Book of Jonah, Chapter 4                                                     04/22/2012

1)     Why was Jonah 'exceedingly displeased' at what God decided to do? (Hint- verse 1)

2)     What does Jonah tell us about God's 'nature'?  What did he know God would do if Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh?

3)     What does Jonah pray for now?  How great is Jonah's hate for these people?

4)     Why did Jonah build a 'booth' outside the city and sit and wait to see what would happen?  Did he think God would destroy the city because of his anger, or was he just sulking?  (verse 5)

5)     Why did God prepare a plant to make shade for his head?  (verse 6) How did Jonah respond?  Is Jonah bi-polar?

6)     Verse 7 gets interesting- we see the reason for the shade plant.  What did God do to the plant?  Why?

7)     What was Jonah's response to the loss of the plant and the shade that it provided Jonah?  I love the dialog between God and Jonah in verse 9.  Does God speak to you this way?

8)     God then tells Jonah that he had pity for a plant that he did not 'labor' for it, and it was only there for a day and night.  What did the plant mean to Jonah?  Did it serve Jonah?

9)     God tells Jonah that in Nineveh there were 120,000 people that didn't know their left had from their right, plus much cattle.  These cattle and people can serve God, yes?  Is this God's mercy?

10) What do you think happened to Jonah?  Do you think it changed   his 'heart'?  How about us?  Do we know more about God?

 

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