Lessons from the Book of Jonah
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Introduction. The book is about Jonah, not written by Jonah.
Jonah lived around 750 BC; this book about him is written, probably
after the Exile, perhaps around 400 BC.
The Book of Jonah is a parable, a story with a meaning.
Chapter 1 Jonah's call and disobedience.
Jonah runs away from God's call [1:1-17]
Chapter 2. His distress in the belly of the fish.
Jonah's song of praise for his rescue [2:1-10]
Chapter 3. Jonah preaches in Neneveh.
Jonah preaches and Nineveh repents [3:1-10]
Chpter 4. Jonah's displeasure at God not punishing Nineveh when it
Jonah's anger and God's mercy [4:1-11]
We learn about God
The book is not about the great fish, but about the GREAT GOD.
God is too big to run away from. This great God cares about all
creation, animals too. It insists that God's mercy is wide enough to
include even people who seem to us not to deserve God's care at all.
There is both warning and gospel in that message.
Some More Lessons: Listening to God is essential to walking with him
Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.
Obey God and leave all consequences with him.
Obedience always brings blessings.
Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice.
We learn about Jonah
Jonah tries to run away from God
Inside the fish he prays a Psalm for help
Delivered he preaches to Nineveh; It repents and it is spared.
Jonah sulks, but God affirms compassion even for Nineveh.
When we fail to obey God's calling, we go no where but "down."
We learn about other people
God cares about the people of Nineveh. He cares not only about
Christians, other people too - all people as a matter of fact, he
JONAH AND JESUS - Death and Resurrection
Jonah gives us one of the Bible's great images of God's power to
save. Just as Joseph was rescued from prison to become prime
minister, and Daniel was kept safe among lions, so Jonah is preserved
in the belly of a great fish
These episodes prepare for their greatest sequel ? the resurrection
of Jesus from the tomb. Jesus went down into the depths of death and
experienced utter loss of God ? but was raised as the ultimate proof
Can we run away from God?
Will God help us when we are in trouble?
As God cares for all, can we care for all?
Love & blessings.