INTRODUCING THE BOOK OF JONAH
We begin the book with a prophet of God named Jonah, who received an important message from God to give to the people of Nineveh. Nineveh was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire, enemies of Israel who were known for their ruthless and evil acts. The story starts with God speaking to Jonah.
Read Jonah Chapter 1
1. God gave Jonah an incredible opportunity. God was taking notice of Nineveh’s wickedness and told Jonah to preach against it, giving the people an opportunity to repent. How did Jonah respond to God?
2. a) What did the sailors do when they found themselves at sea in the violent storm?
b) What did they do when God calmed the storm and why do you think they did this?
3. How does God show compassion in this chapter?
4. What are some of the things Jonah may have missed out on in his life by not obeying God in this chapter?
5. God had an amazing plan in mind for Nineveh that He wanted Jonah to be a part of. God also has amazing plans for each of our lives. Even in the times when it’s not easy to obey God, what are some reasons why it’s always a good idea for us to obey Him?