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Jonah

on January 10, 2015

JONAHMemory Verse: Jonah 2:2

Life Application: The Lord will hear us in our affliction.

Bible Text:

Jonah 1:1-8

Jonah 1:12-17

Jonah 2:10

Jonah 3:1-3

Jonah 3:5-10

God commanded His prophet, Jonah, to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the city would be destroyed because of their great wickedness.

The sin of the people of Nineveh was very great. God loved the people, but He hated the sins that they committed. He wanted Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh that they would be destroyed unless they chose to believe Him and repent.

Jonah 1:1-2 NKJV

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for Tarshish. He knew that many times God’s warnings from a prophet were obeyed and He withholds His judgment. Jonah struggled with the thought that his nation’s greatest enemy might believe God’s warnings and avoid His punishment. Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of Nineveh, but now he had to choose to obey God or disobey. Because Jonah did not have a right heart attitude, he refused to carry out God’s command. He deliberately rebelled against God.

God sent Jonah with an important warning, but he chose not to obey God. Instead he headed off into the opposite direction.

Jonah 1:3 NKJV

“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.”

While Jonah slept on the ship, God sent a storm, causing the frightened sailors to call upon their gods and to throw the cargo into the sea in an attempt to lighten the ship’s load. Lightening the load did not help and the sailors became more and more frightened. The captain woke up Jonah and told him to call upon his God and maybe He would help them. Then they cast lots to find out who among them had brought this trouble upon them. The lot fell on Jonah and they questioned him about what he had done. He admitted to them that he was running from God.

Jonah 1:4-8 NKJV

“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?”

Jonah told the sailors to throw him into the sea, but they tried to row to shore instead. Unsuccessful, they cried out to God for mercy as they threw Jonah into the sea.

Jonah was terrified! He found himself alive in the belly of a great fish, which God caused to swallow Jonah whole.

For three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the fish. Finally, on the fourth day he cried out to God for help. He thanked God for all that He had done. Jonah knew that only God could save him.

Jonah 1:12-17 NKJV

“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.” Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. 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.” So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows. 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 2:2 NKJV

“…I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me…”

God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to go and warn the people of Nineveh about their sin.

Jonah 2:10 NKJV

“So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

Jonah 3:1-3 NKJV

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.”
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.”

At last, Jonah went to Nineveth in obedience to God. When Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh, they believed God, and He withheld His judgment from the city.

Jonah 3:5-10 NKJV

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 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. 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. 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. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? 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.”

Review

1. “…I ___________ out to the __________ because of my ___________________, And He __________________ me…” Jonah 2:2 NKJV

2. The Lord will hear us in our affliction. What does affliction mean?

3. What did God commanded Jonah to do?

4. God ______________ people, but He __________ the ___________ that they commit.

5. What does repent mean?

6. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for _________________.

7. Why didn’t Jonah want to do what God had commanded him to?

8. Jonah did not have a right heart attitude. Explain what this means.

9. Why did the frightened sailors throw cargo overboard?

10. Jonah told the sailors to throw him into the sea, but they tried to ________ to shore instead.

11. Jonah found himself alive in the belly of a ____________ ______________, which God caused to swallow him whole.

12. How long was Jonah in the belly of the great fish?

13. On the fourth day Jonah cried out to ___________ for help.

14. God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to do what?

15. What happened when Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh?

 

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