Jonah - The Prophet Who Hated Grace Pt 2 - #ec2dot15

Jonah - The Prophet Who Hated Grace Pt 2 - #ec2dot15

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
— Jonah 3:1-5

Focus 5

  1. Is the message Jonah gave the Ninevites an apologists' nightmare? (That is, doesn't it seem overly simple? Would it work today?)
  2. What are your thoughts on the king's response to Jonah's message? "Let's take a chance on this repentance thing. Who knows? Maybe we get to live?"
  3. The Ninevites repented as a form of fire insurance. We've talked about how repentance and salvation are more than just fire insurance before. What new insights can we learn?
  4. We can understand a human being angry at God for his wrath and judgment. How do you explain Jonah's anger toward God because of his kindness and goodness?
  5. God gives Jonah a lesson in empathy (Jonah 4:5-11). Are there people in our lives who would rather see die (or at least be harshly judged) rather than experience God's grace?

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