Jonah 4

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 4

Overview

Jonah’s anger at the Lord’s compassion.   

Why does Jonah show angry against God?

He complains that God showed compassion for Nineveh and relented from sending calamity. His anger reached to the point that he asked to take his own life (v.3).  Jonah could not put up with God’s compassion for non- Jewish people in Nineveh. He wanted to own God’s love, mercy and compassion only for himself and his own nation.

God uses vine to teach Jonah that God has concern for every creature in his universe, and that God’s mercy is not limited to the Hebrews. Jonah is concerned about the plant, vine, because he lost the shade it provided. God is concerned about the people and animals of Nineveh.

The book of Jonah concludes with rhetorical question, “Should I (the Lord,) not be concerned about that great city?”, proclaiming God is the Lord of all nations.

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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