SUMMARY OF JONAH 2:
Jonah prayed to God from inside the fish. He called out to God who brought him up from the pit. Jonah will proclaim God’s name and say that salvation comes from the Lord. The Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 12:39-41:
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The people of Nineveh repented when Jonah preached, but Jesus is here who is greater than Jonah.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 3: Jonah 2 and Matthew 12:39-41
7a) God listens even in our darkest (literally) hours.
b) “I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.” Even though God has given us consequences for our sins, we can still praise him in his infinite mercy. He always lifts us up.
8a) Mankind is stubborn. Sometimes, we have to hit rock bottom to come to Him.
b) Patience. I’m trying to be patient as I yearn to move some place else.
9a) I hopefully learn not to disobey God and suffer the consequences. But when I do, all I have to do is cry out to Him for forgiveness and redemption.
b) Jonah saved many people in Nineveh. That matters to God.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 3: Jonah 2 and Matthew 12:39-41
I can just picture the fish vomiting up Jonah. I’m unsure who was more relieved: Jonah or the fish?
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 3: Jonah 2 and Matthew 12:39-41
Jonah is distressed to be separated from God. Yet, he praises God and realizes his mistake at resisting Him. He repents and promises to do what God tells him to do. He realizes salvation is the Lord.
Note Jonah was delivered after he truly repented of his wrongs. This is what we must do, too.
Jonah most likely was vomited onto the shore and then made his way to Nineveh.
Jonah’s journey foreshadowed Christ’s:
- Both offered their life for others
- Both spent 3 days and 3 nights “dead”
- Both were resurrected per se
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