Lesson No. 400
(Jonah Chapter 3 & 4)
"Really Jonah?  Come On!"

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Jonah preaches at Nineveh

1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9  Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.


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. 400               "Really Jonah?  Come On!"

Book of Jonah, Chapters 3 and 4                                          03/11/2018

1)   What was the word that God gave Jonah for Nineveh?   Was it any different than the word God gave the Jews?

2)   What happened after Jonah 'cried' God's warning?  (verse 5) How rare is this in the Bible?  Do you think the history of the Jews had anything to do with their response?  What did the King of Nineveh do and say?  (v 6-8)?

3)  The King and the people fasted, cried mightily to God, and stopped the evil and violence that they were doing.  Were they worshiping?  Were they seeking forgiveness?  Was this a revival or simply their survival?

4)   What did they say God would do?  Were they confident that God would spare them?  (Hint- verse 9)  Did they have repentant hearts?

5)     So, the entire great city 'repented'- they responded as God had wanted the Jews to do many times before He punished them throughout history.  What did God do as a result of their response to the prophet Jonah?    This all happened about 250 years before Assyria conquered Jerusalem.  God used this wicked nation later for His purpose.

6)  Chapter 4-  Why was Jonah 'exceedingly displeased' at what God decided to do? (Hint- verse 1).  What did he know God would do if Jonah preached repentance to Nineveh?

7)   What does Jonah pray for now?  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?  (v 5)

8)  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?

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

10)   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?

11)  What do you think happened to Jonah?  Do you think this changed his 'heart'?  How about us?  Do we know more about God by reading this book?

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