What does it say?
- Read Jonah chapter 4.
- Do you notice any repeated words or ideas in these chapters?
- What things is God in control of in this chapter? ("God appointed...")
- How is Jonah's response to Ninevah's repentance different than God's response in Jonah 3:10?
- How do Jonah's emotions change throughout this Jonah 4?
What does it mean?
- Why did God's relenting "displease Jonah exceedingly"?
- Did Jonah know how God would respond to Ninevah's repentance?
- Jonah seems to be angry at God's own character. Why is Jonah's anger unjust?
- Was God merciful and slow to anger with Jonah?
- After describing God's character in verse 2, Jonah concludes that it's better for him to die than to live. Why do you think Jonah felt so strongly?
- God seems to ask a rhetorical question in verse 4 and 9. What is the answer?
- Why do you think God asked Jonah this question? What did He want Jonah to understand?
- Compare Jonah pitying the plant to God pitying Ninevah
- Why did Jonah pity the plant which perished?
- Why did God pity Ninevah?
- What does this teach us about what God is like?
How should it change us?
- What is something in your own life that has made you "exceedingly displeased" recently?
- Did you go to the Lord in prayer about it? One redeeming quality of Jonah in this chapter is that he does go to God in honest prayer.
- How does knowing God's character help you to understand the difficulties you face?
- Think about the last time you were angry. What did your anger help you to accomplish?
- Have you ever been angry and done something you regret?
- Read James 1:20. This was true for Jonah, and it's true for us today.
- How can you be slower to anger this week?
- A few times in Jonah, we see "pagans" show care for those who might perish (Jonah 1:6, Jonah 1:14, Jonah 3:9). But Jonah seems to only care for himself.
- In the world today, do you see non-Christians caring for those who are perishing? Do they ever seem to care for them more than Christians do?
- What is one way that Christians might be more concerned over their own well-being than the well-being of others?
- Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
- Sing His Mercy is More to God and to one another.