Jonah the Prophet _the Book of Jonah_

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					               Jonah


      Quarter 8b, Lesson 1
       The Book of Jonah
         Pages 88-91


Workbook: “Till There Was No Remedy”
Period: The Divided Kingdom, Part 2 of 2   1
             Jonah the Prophet
                   Chapter 1

   Jonah,
    • From Gath-hepher, a village in the area
      of Galilee - 2 Kings 14:25
    • Prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam
      II about 786 – 746 B.C.
    • Contemporary with Amos, Hosea
   Once powerful Assyria is now in
    period of decline and very wicked

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Nineveh




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          Jonah Runs From God
                 Chapter 1:1-14

   God said, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that
    great city, and preach against it”
   Jonah took a ship to Tarshish to run
    away from the presence of God
   Ship is beset by a fierce storm sent
    from God
   Sailors cast lots to find out the cause
    of storm
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         Jonah Runs From God
                Chapter 1:15-17

   Jonah was cast into sea - swallowed by
    a giant fish
   Seas became calm and sailors
    sacrificed to God
   Jonah remained in the fish 3 days and
    3 nights



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              Jonah’s Prayer
                   Chapter 2

   Jonah called out to God from the belly
    of the fish
    • Told how he was cast into the deep and
      driven from God’s sight
   Yet God brought up his life from the pit
   Jonah said with thanksgiving that he
    will sacrifice to God
   Concluded: “Salvation belongs to the
    Lord”
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            Jonah Runs To God
                  Chapter 3:1-4

   God commanded Jonah a second
    time, “Go to Nineveh and preach”
   This time Jonah arose and went to
    Nineveh
    • An exceedingly great city, three days
      journey in breadth
   Jonah calls out “Yet forty days, and
    Nineveh will be overthrown”
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            Nineveh Repents
                Chapter 3:5-10

   The people believed God, fasted and
    put on sackcloth
   The king put on sackcloth, sat in
    ashes and issued a decree
   God sees their repentance and relents
    from the disaster he had planned for
    them
   Nineveh lasted for about 100 years
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       Jonah Runs Ahead of God
                  Chapter 4

   Jonah was very angry with God’s
    decision
   God questioned Jonah about his
    attitude
   The lesson of the plant and the worm
   Jonah was ready to die
   God’s reasoning for saving of 120,000
    people of Nineveh
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         The Sign of Jonah
Christ said,
“For as Jonah was three days and three
  nights in the whale's belly; so shall the
  Son of man be three days and three nights
  in the heart of the earth.
The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment
  with this generation, and shall condemn it:
  because they repented at the preaching of
  Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah
  is here.” Matthew 12:40-41 (KJV)
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         The Sign of Jonah
Luke 11:29-30 (KJV)
And when the people were gathered thick
  together, he began to say, This is an evil
  generation: they seek a sign; and there
  shall no sign be given it, but the sign of
  Jonah the prophet.
For as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites,
  so shall also the Son of man be to this
  generation.

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         Remember this...
God is immutable (unchangeable)!
He will act today on the same principles
 he acted on in the past.

  Did evil Nineveh receive a sign?
  How did they come to know God’s word?

  Do we expect a sign from Christ?
  How do we come to know God’s word       12

   today?
          Lessons Learned:
   We cannot hide from God
   God hears prayers no matter where
    we are
   God is always just in the affairs of
    men
   When things don’t go our way, don’t
    get angry
   When life’s comforts are taken away,
    don’t get angry – there are more
    important things in this life
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