Thanks for your patience — I’m trying to find the best way to do Paige that is helpful to you! For this reason, just answer the questions that are helpful to you, skip the others, and feel free to comment on things I missed.
My favorite part from Paige last week was about conjunctions. I had to look up School House Rock! Here is what she sang:
BUT in our in-person group, a young mother questioned Paige’s statement that Jonah didn’t cry out to God for three days and three nights. THEREFORE, that made me look to see what the conjunction was connecting the end of chapter 1 to Jonah’s prayer. In some translations “then” is there, in others, it isn’t. (I need a Hebrew scholar!) But the prayer itself seems to show Jonah was crying out before the fish swallowed him, for the waves and breakers were sweeping over him and seaweed was wrapped around his head. I’ll give you a chance today to share your thoughts.
Also, another brought out that the prayer seems to be one of remembrance. It seems to show more maturity than Jonah ever displays throughout his experience. In Tim Keller’s 3rd time through the book of Jonah, he said that only Jonah could have written this book, for only Jonah knew what really happened. Keller believed that Jonah finally did mature as he was willing to truly share this most embarrassing account about himself with the world. It reminds me of the book of Ecclesiastes and Solomon’s account of his blindness in only seeing life from the perspective of “under the sun,” chasing earthly things to try to fill up the emptiness in his soul.
If you have just come on, refresh this page, as I tweaked it on Thursday morning.
1. Do you find evidence in the text that Jonah did not cry out to God for three days and three nights — or evidence that he did? Explain.
2. Many writers, including Jonah and Solomon, share embarrassing accounts of their immaturity in the Lord. This is helpful in warning us against the same folly, and a model in doing the same for others. What foolish thinking or choice would you be willing to share with others as a warning?
Thursday: Introduction and Text
Listen through when Paige reads through Jonah 3.
3. What stands out to you from Paige’s introduction and why?
4. Feel free to comment (or not) on any of the following:
A. It takes the whole Bible to make a whole Christian, we can’t understand any book standing alone, particularly an Old Testament book.
B. Does Jonah mean his prayer? The Puritans used to say: “We’ll see.”
5. The theme of the book of Jonah is God’s scandalous mercy. God is running after people who aren’t running after Him. How has that been true in your life before or after salvation? Be specific.
6. Read Jonah 3 out loud.
A. What strikes you and why?
B. What questions do you have and what is your best guess at the answer?
C. Before you listen to Paige, why do you think God might be showing you this text today?
Friday: God Calls and Jonah Responds
7. How are Jonah 1:1 and 3:1 different? Point?
8. Feel free to comment (or not).
A. Who else would be willing to use Jonah at this point? (Her illustration was the 4-year-old birthday party?) Does God need Jonah to go to Ninevah? If not, why is He doing it?
B. The thoroughness of God’s commitment to us is the measure of the length to which he will go to make us fruitful. (Sinclair Ferguson)
C. God’s will has not changed, but Jonah has. Illustration of Peter saying 3 times he didn’t know Jesus and after resurrection question 3 times. Has Peter changed? We’ll see! (She gives an illustration of her time at Vanderbilt.)
9. Where does God keep putting you in the same situation to see if you will obey?
10. Tim Keller: God’s love is a spiritual tornado. He never sucks you in that He doesn’t send you out. Comment? (How do you see this in Jonah or in your own life?)
Saturday: Jonah Calls and Ninevah Responds (Specificity, Simplicity, and Surprise)
Listen up to the story she tells about the professor asking the woman: “What are you going to do about your guilt?
Listen for about 10 minutes up to Jonah Calls and Ninevah Responds
11. Comment (if you like) on her story of her friend on the phone in Starbucks not wanting her sister to bring a rogue casserole to Thanksgiving. Point?
12. What stands out to you from Jonah’s sermon in verse 4? Why so short, do you think? Yet he was the most successful prophet ever. Why, do you think?
13. What reason does Paige think God gave them forty more days to repent?
14. What is surprising about Ninevah’s response? (v. 5 through 9) Share everything you can.
15. Comment if you like:
A. What was her point with her story of meeting with a smart girl at Vanderbilt? Parallel with Ninevites? Have you ever had an experience evangelistically like this?
B. Her point about Zach’s sermon at Asbury last April?
C. What is your response time to the clear word of God? (She said she usually plans to make a response later.)
D. What was the scope of their repentance? (verse 5)
16. In this passage, How do you see sincerity in the people and the king? How do you see leveling?
17. How do you try to let people know who you are when you walk into a room? Do you care? Be as genuine as you can be.
18. Share a God Hunt from the week or church today.
Monday: Sincerity and Surrender
Listen up to Ninevah Calls and God Responds
19. She tells about a young woman who was questioning the professor and he asked her, “What are you going to do about your guilt?” How was this related to Jonah? Have you experienced this? If so, share.
20. Comment if you like: Story about Mrs. Aster and the Titanic — her point?
21. There is repentance in minds and in hearts but must also be in our lives. Where have you truly repented and your life shows it?
22. Read Isaiah 58:5-10 Point?
23. What are your evil ways that are prominent that you don’t want to give up?
24. How is Zaccheus an example of true surrender?
25. What evidence is there in the text that Ninevites truly surrendered?
26. How does Jesus hold up Ninevites to the Pharisees?
27. Are we saved by repentance?
28. What pattern does she show about calling out to God? Point?
Tuesday: Ninevah Calls and God Responds
Listen to the end.
29. What stood out to you from her statement that God is not obligated to respond to her repentance? (verse 7)
30. Judgment cannot disappear but can only be transferred. What does she mean when she says “God does not forgive sin, but rather, forgives sinners.”
31. 800 years later Jesus came running to take their judgment. (See Jonah 1:2) Why can He look with compassion on Ninevah when we know God cannot look upon sin?
32. She tells a story about Tom who was with the KKK and his transformation. Why did her two friends choke on grace for two different reasons?