Jonah 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Jonah 3

Overview

Jonah goes to Nineveh.  

Chapter three is contrasting to chapter one in what Jonah responded to God.

When the word of God came to Jonah first time to go Nineveh, he disobeyed and fled to Tarshish. When the word of God came to Jonah a second time to go to Nineveh to proclaim the message, he obeyed and proclaimed the message of destruction.

In chapter one, because of Jonah’s disobedience God brought a great storm to Jonah and to sailors, but God saved them from the storm and Jonah from drowning by a fish. In chapter three, by Jonah’s obedience to proclaim the message God brought salvation, saving all people in Nineveh.

God saw the people of Nineveh repenting their wicked way. God has compassion and did not bring destruction that God planned.

The prophetic message in the book of Jonah is that God is not the God only for Jewish people, but the God of all nations, universal God.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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