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Summary: We now come to the most well known of "The Minor Prophets": Jonah, whose name means "Dove"

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Jonah - Messenger To Nineveh (1:1-4:11)

INTRODUCTION

1. We now come to the most well known of "The Minor Prophets": Jonah,

whose name means "Dove"

2. His book does not contain prophecy per se, rather it contains the

history of a prophet...

a. A prophet reluctant to fulfill the mission God assigned him

b. A prophet who complained when his mission proved successful

-- What kind of prophet is that? Perhaps one that reveals what may

be true of ourselves!

3. This short book of "Jonah" easily falls into four sections...

a. "Running Away From God" (chapter one)

b. "Running To God" (chapter two)

c. "Running With God" (chapter three)

d. "Running Ahead of God" (chapter four)

4. In this brief survey of the book, we will simply read our way

through it...

a. Making observations as we go along

b. Offering lessons that can be glean from each section

[With the first chapter then, we soon find Jonah...]

I. "RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD" (1:1-17)

A. AN OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTER...

1. God commissions Jonah to preach in Nineveh - 1:1-2

2. Jonah rebels against God’s plan - 1:3

3. God has a plan for Jonah - 1:4-17

a. He sends "a great wind on the sea" - 1:4-16

b. He prepares "a great fish" - 1:17

B. OBSERVATIONS IN READING THE TEXT...

1. Jonah is also mentioned in 2Ki 14:23-25

a. He prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II (ca. 793-753

B.C.)

b. He was from Gath Hepher (4 miles NE of what was later

Nazareth in Galilee)

2. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria

a. It was located about 220 NNW of the present city of Baghdad

b. The Assyrians were noted for their cruelty, especially to

prisoners

3. The city of Tarshish

a. A Phoenician outpost in SW Spain

b. On the edge of the Mediterranean world, Jonah was running

in the opposite direction of Nineveh

4. In retrieving Jonah, God gained some converts (the sailors)

- cf. 1:14-16

C. LESSONS FROM CHAPTER ONE...

1. God concerns Himself with the wickedness of heathen nations

- 1:2

2. One cannot run away from God! - cf. Ps 139:7-11

3. God is able to use incidents in the lives of His servants for

His glory - cf. 1:5 with 1:14-16

[With the end of chapter one, Jonah is now in the belly of the great

fish. Having run away from God, we now find him...]

II. "RUNNING TO GOD" (2:1-10)

A. AN OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTER...

1. Jonah’s prayer - 2:1-9

2. Jonah’s deliverance - 2:10

B. OBSERVATIONS IN READING THE TEXT...

1. The prayer is written like a psalm; its present form may have

been composed after the fact, looking back

2. Jonah realized that what happened was God’s doing - 1:3

3. It is interesting to note that his prayer is more of a

THANKSGIVING, than a petition

C. LESSONS FROM CHAPTER TWO...

1. "Someone has observed that there are times when we must be

made to go into the lowest depths that we may regain a living

faith" (Hailey)

2. Prayers in time of need should be made with an attitude of

thanksgiving as well as petition - cf. Php 4:6

[Having learned his lesson, Jonah is now ready to do God’s will; so we

next see him...]

III. "RUNNING WITH GOD" (3:1-10)

A. AN OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTER...

1. The Lord again commissions Jonah to preach in Nineveh - 3:1-2

2. Jonah obeys and proclaims God’s message - 3:3-4

3. The people of Nineveh are moved to repent, including the king

- 3:5-9

4. The Lord takes notice, and relents of the disaster He had

intended to bring - 3:10

B. OBSERVATIONS IN READING THE TEXT...

1. Jonah’s message was brief, yet clear - 3:4

2. An unusual fast is proclaimed - 3:5-7

a. Three days without food AND water

b. For both man AND beast

3. With sackcloth for both man and beast, the king calls for a

true change of behavior - 3:8-9

4. The king of Assyria reasons like the prophet Joel - cf. 3:9

with Joel 2:14

5. Nineveh’s example of repentance is a rebuke of Israel...

a. Israel in Jonah’s own day - cf. 2Ki 17:13-14,18; 2Ch 36:15-16

b. Israel in the days of Jesus - cf. Mt 12:41

C. LESSONS FROM CHAPTER THREE...

1. Such preaching of condemnation is often conditional - cf. Jer 18:7-10

2. The least likely prospects might be the ones who will convert

- e.g., 1Co 6:9-11

3. We see the place of fasting and prayer, as one seeks to

petition God - e.g., Ezr 8:21-23

[Jonah’s mission was a success! Souls headed for destruction were

saved! You would think that Jonah would have been elated. But in the

final chapter we are surprised to see this prophet...]

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