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in Jonah

Jonah 2 - 31th July 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Jonah chapter 2.
  2. Do you notice any repeated words or ideas in these chapters?
  3. How are verses 1 and 10 different from the rest of the chapter?
  4. What words does Jonah use to describe the water?
  5. Besides Jonah, who else is mentioned in these verses?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How would you describe Jonah's journey downward?
    1. What sort of distress did Jonah experience? (physical?, emotional?, etc.)
  2. What does it mean to "cry out" to the Lord?
    1. Is this something that people still do today?
    2. What tends to cause people to cry out to God?
    3. Does God always hear our prayers?
  3. In the different phrases and descriptions of this chapter, how do you see God in control?
  4. Based on verses 7-9, what do you think Jonah learns from everything that's happened to him?
    1. Is anything missing from Jonah's prayer?
    2. What could Jonah add to his prayer to show that he's truly been changed by God's grace?
  5. Read Matthew 12:38-41
    1. What is "the sign of Jonah"?
    2. What did the 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish accomplish for Jonah?
    3. How is this similar to what Jesus accomplished through his death, burial, and resurrection?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Think about some hard times that you've experienced in your life.
    1. How has God taught you by allowing those hard times?
    2. How does that change how you can think about hard times in the future?
  2. It can be easy to look at Jonah's disobedience and ability to rationalize his rebellion, but perhaps we're not so different from Jonah.
    1. How can you be tempted to do the same things?
    2. How can we grow in our understanding of our own sin?
    3. Think of one sin from this last week that you can confess to God and to others.
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing Salvation Belongs to Our God to God and to one another.
in Jonah

Jonah 1 - 24th July 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Jonah chapter 1.
  2. Do you notice any repeated words or ideas in these chapters?
  3. What does God ask Jonah to do in verse 1?
  4. Where does he go instead?
  5. Where do you see Jonah "go down" in this chapter? (e.g. Jonah "went down" to Joppa)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Read 2 Kings 14:23-27. 
    1. Here Jonah speaks of God's underserved grace to his own nation of Israel. Compared to this earlier work, how do you think Jonah may have felt about God's command for him to go to Ninevah?
    2. Why do you think Jonah fled to Tarshish? Do you see anything in the text to support your reasoning?
  2. After God sends the storm, does Jonah change his attitude?
    1. What would it have looked like for Jonah to respond with faith?
    2. How do the mariners respond with faith? (verse 16)
  3. What would you say is the main conflict or problem in this chapter?
    1. Is it resolved? If yes, how so?
  4. Compare Jonah to Jesus in:
    1. their faithfulness to God's commands
    2. their compassion on undeserving people
    3. their willingness to die for others' sake

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What does this chapter teach you about obedience?
  2. Is there something in your life that God has asked you to do in His Word and you haven't yet obeyed him?
    1. What is keeping you from obedience?
    2. Why might difficult commands or hard times work for your good? (think of a few reasons)
    3. How does the fact that Jesus suffered help you when you struggle in hard times or with sin?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing O Great God to God and to one another.

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