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Jonah Bible Study - The Prophet
His name means "done," and he is the son of Amittai. His home was
Gath-hepher, a village of Zebulun, and he, therefore, belonged to
the ten tribes and not to Judah. He is first mentioned in 2 Kings
14:28, where he prophesied the success of Jeroboam II, in his war
with Syria, by which he would restore the territory that other
nations had wrested from Israel. He very likely prophesied at an
early date, though all attempts to determine the time of his
prophecy or the time and place of his death have failed.
Jonah Bible Study - The
It differs from all the other prophecies in that it is a narrative
and more "the history of a prophecy than prophecy itself". All the
others are taken up chiefly with prophetic utterances, while this
book records the experiences and work of Jonah, but tells us little
of his utterances. The story of Jonah has been compared to those of
Elijah and Elisha (1 Kings 17-19, and 2 Kings 4-6).
Although full of the miraculous element, the
evident purpose is to teach great moral and spiritual lessons, and
it is unfortunate that its supernatural element has made this book
the subject of infidel attack. But the facts, though extraordinary,
are in no way contradictory or inconsistent. Indeed, Mr. Driver has
well said that "no doubt the outlines of the narrative are
historical." Christ spoke of Jonah and accredited it by likening his
own death for three days to Jonah's three days in the fish's belly.
It is the most "Christian" of all the Old Testament books, its
central truth being the universality of the divine plan of
redemption. Nowhere else in the Old Testament is such stress laid
upon the love of God as embracing in its scope the whole human race.
Jonah Bible Study - Analysis
I. Jonah's First Call and Flight from Duty, Chapters 1-2.
1. The call, flight and punishment, 1:1-16.
2. The repentance and rescue, 1:17-2:10 (end).
II. Jonah's Second Call and Preaching at Nineveh, Chapter 3.
1. His second call. 1-2.
2. His preaching against Nineveh. 2-4.
3. Nineveh repents, 5-9.
4. Nineveh is spared, 10.
III. Jonah's Anger and God's Mercy, Chapter 4.
1. Jonah's anger, 1-4.
2. The lessons of the gourd. 5-11.
Jonah Bible Study - For Study
(1) The different elements of character noticeable in Jonah.
(2) The dangers of disobedience, to self and to others.
(3) The possibilities of influence for the man commissioned of God.
Jonah's influence on the sailors and on Nineveh.
(4) God's care for heathen nations (4-11), and its bearing upon the
Foreign Mission enterprise.
(5) The nature of true repentance and God's forgiveness.
(6) The prophet, or preacher-his call, his message and place of
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