SUMMARY OF JONAH 3
God gives Jonah the same command twice to go to Nineveh and proclaim His message. Jonah obeyed.
It took Jonah 3 days to deliver God’s message to all the people: Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown. When Jonah’s message reached the king of Nineveh, he ordered everyone to cover themselves in sackcloth, fast, and call on God. They were to give up their evil ways and violence. God saw this and relented. He did not punish them because they repented.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 4: Jonah 3
10a) “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” A message of destruction.
b) The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. They called upon God and turned from their evil and violent ways. God does listen, and God’s word can change people and their lives.
11a) God is merciful. God listens. God relents. God warns. God gives people second chances. God is gracious, loving, and caring
b) I love second chances. I need them a lot. I love God’s mercy, too, for all my daily sins. I love God’s warning. I should listen more. These truths draw me closer to God.
12) This one is hard. Unsure. Hopefully, with my kids. I’ve learned to give God the glory for everything.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 4: Jonah 3
So encouraging to see so many people turn to the Lord. God is gracious, loving, and caring. He loves us so much He never stops chasing us. How awesome!
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 4: Jonah 3
God had work to do through Jonah, and He was determined to accomplish it, despite how much we (humans) resist it.
Oftentimes, God only gives us enough information that we can process at one time. The rest will come in time and with faith.
The word “overthrown” was used in the destruction of other cities in the Bible, too. (Genesis 19:25, Lamentations 4:6, and Amos 4:11).
Believing God is repenting. The people put on sackcloth (animal hair clothes essentially) and came to God. God, in his mercy, forgave.
Nineveh does receive judgment as we read in Nahum. It was just delayed 150 years out of God’s mercy.
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