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Lesson 624: Jonah CHAPTER 1

"You Can Run But You Can't Hide!"

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1 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. 4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. 7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. 8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. 12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. 14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows. 17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Lesson No. 624 Jonah:1 "You Can Run But You Can't Hide!"

Book of Jonah, Chapter 1 06/26/2022

1) What was Jonah and how did he come to be what he was?

2) Why did God want Jonah to go to Nineveh? What does this tell us about God's attitude toward wicked, evil, non-believers? (Hint- verse 1)

3) Why did Jonah disobey God and go in the other direction? (verse 3)

4) How did God use the storm (verse 4) and the sailors (verse 7) for His purpose?

5) They ask Jonah lots of questions in verse 8. Jonah is honest and he shows his love for others (verses 8-12), even pagans. Was death preferable to Jonah compared to doing what God had commanded him to do?

6) How does this story about pagan belief show how God made us? What do the pagan sailors do when faced with a storm? (verses 6-11)

7) Verses 10 and 14 are very interesting concerning the pagan sailors, especially verse 14. What do you think they thought of God after verses 15 and 16? Did they become 'believers'? Many think so!

8) Tell me about the 'great fish' in verse 17. Do you think this was a fish as we know it today- ocean sea bass, whale, whale shark, custom-made RV?

9) Jesus referenced this passage in Mathew 12: 38-41. Why? What is the similarity? Was it about being in Sheol like the fish belly, or about the man, or about the message of repentance toward salvation? Did Jonah die?

10) Why was Jonah so against the people of Nineveh? Was this 'righteous anger' or a judgmental/condemning spirit or hate? What other Bible stories does this remind us of where we try to do God's job or do stuff ‘our way’? How about us?

11) How can we prevent this 'disobedient attitude' in our lives?


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