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“On the Run” Message Notes and Small Group Questions Feb 20 202

Message Notes and Small Group Questions

Jonah: God’s Mercy on Display

Week 1, “On the Run” Jonah 1:1-4

Darin Elquist

Feb. 20th 2022

 

Jonah, Prophet of God-

 

              Written by Jonah

 

“we have no reason to doubt the inspiration or the historical truthfulness of this book.”

-Chuck Swindoll

 

Written- 8th-9th Century BC

 

Jonah 1:1-4
1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
4 The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.

A Shocking Call: Get Up and Go Here!

 

Jonah 1:1-2

The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

 

Has God ever told you to do something you knew would change your life?

 

Nineveh-

Capitol of the Assyrian Empire

About 500 Miles away from where Jonah was

 

“The history of the Assyrian Empire is as gory and bloodcurdling a history as has ever been known.  They historical records show their brutality.  They would decimate any people or culture.  Let me give you just one example.  When they captured people group they took no prisoners, they would cut off their legs and one arm and then shake their hands as they cut off their head.”

 

Jonah’s Response: Turn and Run!

 

Jonah 1:3a

But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish…

 

 

Two Ways we Run from God-

 

  1. Rejection-

 

 

 

  1. Behavioral Modification

 

 

 

—Things you need to know if you are going to run from God.—

 

  1. You Will Pay a Price (Nothing is Free)

Jonah 1:3b

“…paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”

 

 

  1. You Can’t Outrun God

Jonah 1:4

The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.

 

Psalm 139:7–12

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

 

Bottom Line:

God loves us enough to come after us:

Even when we don’t want Him to.

 

Small Group Questions

Feb 20, 2022

Week 1 Jonah, “On the Run”

Jonah 1:1-4

  1. Has God ever told you to do something you knew would change your life?

 

 

2. Talk about how you have seen God’s mercy in your life recently. Define mercy.  Discuss who           deserves God’s mercy and what do we have to do to get it?

 

 

  • Read Jonah 1:1-2:  God wants Jonah to go to Nineveh, Israel’s enemy.  Jonah is the first prophet God calls to go to another nation to preach.  And this nation is their enemy: Why do you think Jonah refuses to go?  How do you think he felt about doing this? What would you have done?

 

 

  • Read Jonah 1:3-4: What price did Jonah pay for running from God? Why did God bring the storm in Jonah’s life?   Has God ever brought a storm in your life?

 

 

  • Respond to this statement: The Bible does not say that every difficulty/storm we face is a result of sin but that every sin will bring you into difficulty. Does sin always cost us?

 

  • Have you ever refused to obey God in some area of your life?

 

  • Did you pay a price? How did your action affect others? What was the outcome?       

 

  • Darin said there are two ways we run from God: What do you think?

 

Rejection:  We rebel.

 Behavioral Modification: We look like we are in obedience.

 

  • Think about it: Which one is most like you? (Read and discuss the story Luke 15:11-31: Talk about how the two sons responded to their father)

 

  • Which one best describes your tendency to run from God?

 

  • Read Psalm 139:7-12: What does this teach us about trying to run from God? Why does God often make it so hard for us?

 

  • Pray for each other and for the Bridge Church Spanish Springs to be a place where we obey God for the right reasons.