The thing these two little books have in common is the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh (in what is today northern Iraq) and the nature of God's mercy, judgement and forgiveness. As we go forward I hope that you'll take in the depth of these prophetic books and be encouraged to take a look at a few more of these often ignored books at the end of the Old Testament.
This week our focus is on Jonah chapters 1 & 2
- Read Jonah 1:1-3. Why do you think Jonah ran from his prophetic call? Are there times in your life when you have run away from God?
- Read Jonah 1:4-17. How does the faith and actions of Jonah the Hebrew compare to those shown and developed by the pagan sailors on the ship?
- Read Jonah 2:1-10. What do you make of Jonah’s prayer? What kind of prayers do you make to God when you are in trouble? Read Psalms 69, 88 and 116 for comparison.
- The book of Jonah influenced how Jesus understood his mission and how the first Christians told their stories about Jesus. Compare Mark 4:35-41 to Jonah 1:4-17 and Matthew 12:38-42 to the book as a whole, but especially in light of the prayer of Jonah 2. Is there anything else in these chapters or the book as a whole that makes you think of Jesus?