Returning to God
Ch. 1: 4Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.5All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.6The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish.”
7Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
1.Jonah is fleeing the promised land to live with pagans cuz he doesn’t want to do missions
2.What was Jonah doing when the gentiles are in trouble?
3.Jonah is responsible for the calamity. His sin endangered everyone
Ch. 2:9But I, with a song of thanksgiving,
I will sacrifice to you.What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the LORD.”
10And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
1.Jonah will now ______ to atone for his sins
2.What was Jonah’s vow? How is he going to make it good?
3.What does salvation for the Gentiles mean?
10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
1.Jonah was concerned about his own comfort even to the point of loving it over people
2.God gave Jonah a vine to test him and to see where his heart was at. Jonah did not have God’s heart.
3.Jonah was an imperfect prophet. Jesus was the true Jonah. He said of himself that like Jonah he would be in theheart of the earth and come to new life.Jesus new life is incorruptible unlike Jonah’s. We need to always be seeking renewal and revival.