Jonah: A Reluctant Follower
TITLE: I’ll DO it Already!
God doesn’t give up, even if we have.
Obeying isn’t always a choice. Sometimes we are compelled.
Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Like we often are, Jonah was clueless as to the effect his words would have on the population of Nineveh.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones” … but God’s word trumps all.
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Sometimes we need to be told what to do in order for it to become a part of our DNA; of our being.
Belief in Jesus can be an instant process, a slow transformation, a delayed reaction, or a matter of our past – good or bad – catching up with us.
Jonah 3:6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his
throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.
- God got Jonah’s attention “a second time.” Review briefly the path Jonah took from the first time God spoke to him until the second time.
- Discuss the significance of the size of the city of Nineveh and the immediate effect of God’s message through Jonah on the first day.
- Jonah’s message of “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown” did not exactly bring a message of grace. What else might Jonah have said in his message?
- The King gave a decree that everyone should believe in the God that Jonah proclaimed. By this, at the same time the people were decreed to worship Jonah’s God, they were also given permission to do so. What is the difference and how are the decree and permission related?
- Belief in Jesus can be an instant process, a slow transformation, a delayed reaction, or a matter of our past – good or bad – catching up with us. What was/is your process of coming to faith in Jesus? How did it happen? Please be brief so all have opportunity to share.