Jonah’s Anger at the LORD’S Compassion (Jonah 4)

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Jonah 4

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?

  • prejudice
  • pouting
  • pride
  • procrastination
  • being “hot-headed”
  • disobedience
  • jealously
  • burnout
  • depression

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?

  • apathy
  • fear
  • anger
  • pity
  • jealousy
  • compassion



One comment on “Jonah’s Anger at the LORD’S Compassion (Jonah 4)

  1. Assyrians still live today in nineveh (capital of assyria that is in todays iraq). Actually assyrians was majority there and got province status in january but that was not inplemented just yet and now we assyrians have been massacred, deported by ISIS terrorists. Isis have now ockupied nineveh and the iraqi government are trying to defeat them so that we assyrians and other minorities who live in nineveh can go back. Assyria as a state fell a long time ago but ruins and artefacts from assyria are still in iraq that is the new map and where assyria was. Nineveh is still standing :). As an assyrian i feel that no one knows that we are still existing after 5000yrs and that we still live in nineveh (arab name today: mosul=nineveh, nineveh plain).

    Read this for more info:

    Take a rare glimpse into the lives of the Assyrians after the ISIS attacks in Iraq:
    Documentary “the last plight” by sargon saadi.

    The Assyrians – A people without rights:–The-Assyrians-A-People-Without-Rights–English.pdf
    Who are the Assyrians and what are the Nineveh Plains:

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