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1. How do you usually express anger?
2. Why did Jonah run from God earlier (verse 2)? Why is he depressed and angry now? What is the history of relations between the Israelites and the Assyrians?
3. Given the size of Nineveh (verse 11 and chapter 3:3), the message to be proclaimed (chapter 3:4), and what you know about God (verse 2; see also Exodus 34:6, 7), how would you have felt? Like Jonah (verses 1 – 3)?
4. Why did Jonah ask the Lord to take his life?
- he was just spouting off
- he was deeply depressed
- if the Ninevites were going to live, Jonah preferred to die
- Jonah’s reputation as a Jewish prophet was at stake
- Jonah forgot that God had just spared his life
5. What three things does God provide Jonah? Why? What do the vine, worm and hot sun reveal about God? About Jonah?
6. How does the book of Jonah end?
- like something is missing
- like it began – God has the first and last say
- emphasizing God’s compassion
- emphasizing Jonah’s (and our) need to have compassion
7. What was Jonah’s biggest problem?
- being “hot-headed”
8. Compare Elijah’s encounter with the Baal-worship in 1 Kings 17 – 19 with Jonah’s relation to these heathens. What peak religious experiences, depressions, provisions, and rebuke from God do they have in common with each other? With your own life.
9. How willing are you to go to others with a message of repentance toward God and faith in Christ?
10. How has God challenged you in your study of Jonah?
11. Who are the “Ninevites” to whom God might be calling you to go?
- the unchurched in my community
- my neighbors next door
- my coworkers
- my classmates
- my “enemies”
12. What feelings do you have toward these people?