Feb 27 Message Notes and Questions
Feb 27 Notes and Questions
Jonah: God’s Mercy on Display
Wk 2 “The Proud Prophet and the Good Pagans”
February 27, 2022
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Be assured, he will not go unpunished. (NASB)
Jonah 4:4-11 (NASB)
But the Lord said, “Do you have a good reason to be angry?” Then Jonah left the city and sat down east of it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade, until he could see what would happen in the city. So the Lord God designated a plant, and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head, to relieve him of his discomfort. And Jonah was overjoyed about the plant. But God designated a worm when dawn came the next day, and it attacked the plant and it withered. And when the sun came up God designated a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint, and he begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life!” But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to the point of death!” Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant, for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not also have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 people, who do not know the difference between their right hand and their left, as well as many animals?”
2 Responses to the Truth of God
- Fear God
- Flee from God
Are we good enough on our own to make it to heaven? Does it matter what we think or what God thinks?
But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out. (NKJV)
1 Samuel 15:2-3
This is what the Lord of armies says: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, in that he obstructed him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ” …Then Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah going toward Shur, which is east of Egypt. He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and completely destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the more valuable animals, the lambs, and everything that was good, and were unwilling to destroy them completely; but everything despicable and weak, that they completely destroyed.
Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 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.
3 Steps to Keep from Getting Swallowed Up
- Let Go and Let God
- Sink the Sin (Repent)
- Read Proverbs 16:5, what do you think it means to be “proud in heart”? How would you define abomination? Why do you think God feels this way about pride?
- Have you ever misjudged someone? How did it make you feel when you discovered the error?
- Read Jonah 4:4-11, why is it hard to blame the person you see in the mirror?
- Two responses given in the teaching to the truth of God were to fear God and repent or to flee from God (harden our hearts), are there more responses that you have seen in your Walk with Jesus? What are some responses we may have for people who tell us that “I’m a good person, I think I’ll go to heaven.”
- Read Numbers 32:23, what do you think is meant by your sin will find you out?
- Egypt, Amalek, and other Old Testament places are used as a picture of sin. Why does God emphasize in scripture that we totally remove the sin from our life? What can happen if we don’t?
- How can our sin affect those around us? Do you have some examples of how either your sin has affected others or others sin has affected you that you are willing to share with the group?
- Have you seen sin affect generations of people?
- Why do you think God sent a great fish to swallow Jonah? Why wouldn’t God just use someone else to do His work?
- In Matthew 12:38-40 Jesus compares himself to Jonah. What are some comparisons or contrasts you can get from Jonah about Jesus?