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March 20, 2022 Sermon Notes and Questions

Jonah: God’s Mercy on Display

Week 5, “Jonah is Angry”

Jonah 4:1-4

March 20, 2022

John Arobio


Message Notes

Jonah 4:1-4

“But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the Lord replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”


Jonah’s response to God having mercy on the Ninevites.

  1. Unhappy
  2. Because he had to go to Nineveh
  3. He wanted the Ninevites to be destroyed
  4. No Compassion


  1. Anger
  2. God didn’t do what Jonah wanted
  3. Because the Ninevites were saved
  4. Jonah thought God was unfair




  1. Overwrought, overstimulated, exhausted, & just flat out frustrated!


1 Kings 19:3-4

“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.  When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert.  He came to a broom tree and sat down under it and prayed that he might die.  I have had enough, Lord, he said Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”


God’s Response to Jonah


Jonah 4:4

But the Lord replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”    


Read Job Chapters 38-41

Job 40:8

“Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?’


Bottom Line: 

Since God has compassion for our enemies, we should too!


Wk 5 Small Group Question

  1.  Read Jonah 4:1-4, have you ever been angry with God?  Is it ok to be angry with God? Have you ever questioned God in your prayers?
  2. Can patriotism get in the way of God’s will?  Why or why not?
  3. Has God ever asked you to do something you really did not want to do?  Did you do it or not?  Was there any after effects of not carrying out the task or vice versa?
  4. Have you ever developed a relationship with someone you thought there was no possible way you could have a relationship with?  Have you ever been burned by someone you had a great deal in common with?
  5. Have you ever had God answer a prayer with an answer you did not like?
  6. Read Luke 15:28-30, discuss the parable of the prodigal son.  Discuss the characteristics of both sons.  Have you been more like the “older brother” or the “younger brother” in your life?  Which son is Jonah more like?
  7. John taught about Elijah and his success with Prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel and then his failure with the fear of Jezebel (1 Kings 19:34).  Have you ever had a mountain top high quickly followed by a failure?  Is this a typical pattern after a great success?
  8. Read again Jonah 4:4, do we have a right to be angry with God’s decisions?  Why or why not?
  9. Have you been like Jonah at some point in your life, unhappy with God’s decisions?  How has it affected you?  Have you also had times where you were happy with God’s decisions?  Discuss the differences in the two scenarios?