Sunday, August 7, 2022

Should Not I Spare Nineveh? (Jonah) QUESTIONS

We’re now switching back to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, about 40 years before their destruction by Assyria.  The capital city of Assyria is Nineveh.


READ Hosea 10:1-2, 6-7

Who does Hosea prophesy will enslave Israel and kill its king?


READ Jonah 1:1-3

Why does the Lord command Jonah to preach against the wicked Assyrians?

Why does Jonah flee to Tarshish (in Spain, the furthest western point from Nineveh in the known world)?


READ Jonah 1:4-5 ,7 ,10

What is the consequence of Jonah’s fleeing from the Lord?


READ Jonah 1:11-15

Why do the sailors not want to throw Jonah overboard?

What is the initial response of the sailors?

Why are they not able to extend mercy to Jonah?


READ Jonah 1:17 and Jonah 2:2-10

What happened to Jonah?

What does “I AM cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple” mean?


READ Jonah 3:1-3

What did Jonah do when he received the will of the Lord the second time?


READ Jonah 3:4-5 and 3:9-10

What was Jonah’s message to the Assyrians?

How did the people of Nineveh react to this prophet of their enemy declaring their coming destruction?

How did the Lord react to their repentance?


READ Jonah 4:1-5

How did Jonah react to the Lord’s mercy?

Why had Jonah really gone to Nineveh?


READ Jonah 4:11

Should not the Lord spare Nineveh – is it “just” to save them?

Does Jonah “deserve” to be saved?

What is justice?

What is mercy?

What is grace?

What do you need to do to deserve mercy?

What is Jonah’s refusal to allow God’s mercy for Nineveh?


READ Matthew 18:32-35

How must Jonah forgive Nineveh its trespasses against him?

Alternatively, what sins are Jonah committing against Nineveh?

Why does the Book of Jonah end with an open question – “should not I spare Nineveh?”

What is the biggest deterrent to our own salvation: failing to extend mercy to those who have sinned against us or forgetting the mercy that others have extended to us when we have sinned against them?

What is the chiasm in the Book of Jonah?

What is the true point of the story of Jonah?

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