I’m returning to the question format I used in the past with Paige as I can see the “loose” format wasn’t working as well, and many have dropped out. I will put the post up on Wednesday if you look here on the blog, but will not mail out the reminder until Thursday so I have time to tweak the later days.
Wednesday: God Hunt and The Text
1. How has the Lord manifested Himself to you this week?
2. Read Jonah 1:15-2:10
A. What strikes you in this text and why?
B. What questions do you have and what is your best guess at the answer?
C. Why do you think God might be showing you this today?
3. Listen up through when she reads through the text.
A. What strikes you and why?
B. Why doesn’t God tell us more about the fish?
C. Why isn’t it rational to say miracles are not possible?
4. Is Jonah swallowed for judgment? For salvation? For correction? Is God acting as an affronted sovereign or a loving parent? See Hebrews 12:4-7 and comment.
5. Look closely at John 1:8-9. Why doesn’t it say simply that He is faithful and gracious to forgive our sin? What part do we play in forgiveness? What does real repentance look like?
Friday: The Grammar
Listen to Paige on the grammar of grace. (This is the longest section.) Listen up to when she starts talking about the temple, or the presence of God.
6. What word pictures, stories, or quotes stand out to you and why?
7. She points out some coordinating conjunctions — what do you remember:
A. Find and comment on the down, down, downs of Jonah 1
B. “Then” of 2:1 (How long did it take him to cry out to the Lord?)
C. “For” of 2:3 (Who really cast Jonah into the sea?)
8. She points out contradictory conjunctions. Other religions use “therefore” following sin. Sin has consequences. Christianity uses therefore (or the concept) as well, but then uses “but” or “yet.”Find the “buts” or “yets” in the following and comment on the grammar of grace.
A. Romans 3:19/ Romans 3:21-22
B. Luke 15:21-2
C. Jonah 1:4
D. Share your testimony in a sentence using therefore and but. (I would say, “My life revolved around myself therefore I was miserable but God came to me through my sister sharing His good news and lifted me out of the depths.”)
Saturday: The Guarantee & The Ground of Grace
Listen up to the Grasp of Grace — she finishes this section with the story of her friend Carlyle and the boy Trey as an example of unfailing love, which is the ground of grace.
9. What word pictures, stories, or quotes stand out to you and why?
10. What has Jonah wanted to do according to Jonah 1:3? Now what does he want to do according to Jonah 1:4? What does the temple represent?
11. What are the two central components of the temple, that represent both law and mercy? (Bad news and good news) What do you learn about each?
12. Why must we look through the lens of holiness to really see our sin? (Not just drugs, sex, and rock and roll but apathy toward those who are lost, hungry… self-promotion…)
13. Was there a time when you reached the bottom and looked to God that you can remember? If so, share briefly. (You may have been a believer — Jonah was!)
14. She told about her 5-year old running out into the street so the president could see him. Do you have a desire to be seen by God? How is the only way we can be seen by God and not die?
15. Why is there no more temple?
16. How are the cries of Jonah in the depths overcome by Jesus’ cries from the cross?
17. How did John Stott define the essence of sin and the essence of salvation?
18. What was the point of the little boy standing on the shoulders of his brother in St. Louis?
19. How could she say grace is based on merit? Whose merit?
20. Do you tend to revert to works-righteousness, thinking your behavior will win His love and mercy? Paige asks, “What does the act stop in Jonah 2?)
21. The word translated steadfast love in 6 is “hesed.” This is the ground of grace. What does she say about it?
22. To be loved but not known is superficial. To be known and not loved is our worst nightmare. Only Jesus sees us to the bottom and loves us to the sky. (Keller) Do you believe this? (I have heard Keller compare this to lovemaking in a good marriage — being seen naked yet loved to the sky.)