Jonah also teaches gods love for his servants, even those who are hesitant to do his will. Introduction jonah is one of the most ridiculed books by liberal scholars. Navigating a life interrupted dvd leader kit by priscilla shirer. Nov 20, 2012 this series is not ment to be an exhaustive, indepth study of the bible, but an overview of why each of the sixtysix books were written, and to see the unfolding plan of god, from the creation of. New world translation of the holy scriptures study edition jonah 1. Navigating a life interrupted bible study book by priscilla shirer provides a personal study experience five days a week, leader helps, and viewer guides for the group video sessions of this indepth womens bible study.
Jonah niv jonah flees from the lord the word of bible. Eric calls teens to abandon the idea that choices made in youth are temporary and meaningless, and instead to make decisions now that will impact both their lives and gods kingdom for eternity. Book of jonah read, study bible verses online bible study tools. In this bible study, eric mason encourages students to make every decision out of a worldview shaped by gods word and centered around our savior, jesus. The book of jonah may be studied for many reasons, but a chief reason is for what it teaches about gods sovereignty.
Stay connected amidst social distancing receive weekly bible studies to share with family and friends. The bible is full of men and women who, despite their best efforts, suffer from a chronic lack of love. The lord had prepared a great fish to swallow jonah. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate god, slow to anger and abounding in love, a god who relents from sending calamity. When jesus prophesied his own suffering, death, and resurrection in matthew 12, he pointed to the example of jonah, who was punished for his disobedience, buried within the fish, and then raised to life when the fish vomited. Home bible studies jonah studies jonah 2 these small group studies of jonah extensive crossreferences, bible study discussion questions, lessons to learn, and applications. The book of jonah, written primarily in the third person, does not explicitly name. Unfortunately, many christians thoughtlessly cast aspersions upon this. Jonah wanted to go as far as he could to escape gods presence, but this was a futile attempt.
The book of jonah demonstrates the sovereignty of the almighty as he employs his creation to accomplish the divine plan. This time there is no argument from jonah to the command of god. He went down to joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. That is what i tried to forestall by fleeing to tarshish. Jonah, whose name means dove, lived in gathhepher, located just north of nazareth, during the reign of jeroboam ii in the eighth century b. These past few months i have been doing the jonah bible study from priscilla shirer with my good friend ana.
The book begins with god telling jonah to go to the great city of nineveh. Scene 1 account of jonah s call and his reaction 1. But, as every bible student knows, his plans were soon thwarted. Jonah with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. Not to mention i did an old testament survey on him as well. This bible study book is designed to be paired with teaching videos from priscilla shirer. Outline for the purposes of this study, we will divide jonah into seven scenes. Jonah is the book of the bible which perhaps has been criticized more than any other. When god wanted him to preach a message of hope to nineveh, a city in assyria, jonah traveled in the opposite direction.
Verses 12 this book is a story about god and jonah. He went down to joppa, where he found a ship bound for. Dive into an intriguing tale of mercy in the book of jonah. Jonah, whose name means dove, lived in gathhepher, located. Jonahs anger at the lords compassion but to jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. Jonah 4 new international version niv jonah s anger at the lord s compassion.
While jonah eventually did what he was asked to do, the book closes with showing jonah as a. Following the lead of the hebrew masoretic text, the title of the book is derived from the principal character, jonah. Through satire and compelling storytelling, the book of jonah reveals to readers why god is compassionate to evildoers in the past and present age today. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate god, slow to anger and abounding in love, a god who relents. The book of jonah the book is unique in that it is more concerned with the prophet himself than with his prophecy. Go to the great city of nineveh and proclaim the message that i will give you. The book of jonah is narrative history and a prophetic oracle. This bible study book is designed to be paired with teaching videos from priscilla.
Have you ever found yourself wanting to turn and run away rather. Through some supernatural events, god convinced him to obey and carry out the lords plan. Jonah needed to expand his heart toward otherswe do too. The nwt study bible is complete with cross references, maps, and an accurate bible dictionary. The book of jonah focuses on gods mercy toward a foreign people and the reluctant prophet he sent to them. The book of jonah reveals gods sovereign rule over man and all creation. Now nineveh was a very important citya visit required three days. For it begins with a commission to jonah and with jonah s refusal to heed it, in other words, the book of jonah begins with a formal expression of gods sovereign will and with a mans determined opposition.
Some question if this could happen as the bible says it did. The bible study book includes leader helps, personal study resources to be completed between small group meetings, and exercises to equip you post study. Key personalities include jonah, the captain and the ships crew and the people of nineveh. Unfortunately, many christians thoughtlessly cast aspersions upon this important book in the canon of scripture without realizing that they are playing into the hands of the critics and innocently becoming the dupes of the skeptics. Many critics however want to lower the book of jonah to an allegory, a parable or a legend because of the miracles described in it especially the appearing of the great fish devouring jonah. T he book of jonah is an old testament story which tells about how the prophet jonah refused to follow the lord. Jesus employed the repentance of the ninevites to rebuke the pharisees, thereby illustrating the hardness of the pharisees hearts and their unwillingness.
But he could not understand how god could love even foreign nations who did bad things. The foundational source for the book was likely jonah s own telling of the story after his return from nineveh. Some critics have sought to interpret the book as a parable or allegory, and not as a history. Interestingly enough, this is the point at which the book starts. From christianity today, provides over 1,000 unique, downloadable bible studies for. Now the word of the lord came to jonah the son of amittai. The disobedience of the prophet jonahs missionary call. Jonah chapter 2 bible study and verses study and obey. An introduction to the book of jonah an argument of the book of jonah selected bibliography of the book of jonah j. Unfortunately, many christians thoughtlessly cast aspersions upon this important book in the canon of scripture without realizing that they are playing into the hands of the critics and innocently becoming the dupes of. This 7session study from bestselling author priscilla shirer is perfect for individuals and small groups.
Tom constables expository notes on jonah this is also available in the net. Jonah jonah 4 jonah s real problem episode 317 the bible study podcast chris christensen provides a weekly bible study podcast audio show looking at scripture from a christian point of view. I have learned 5 keys from the life of jonah that i want to share with you. Study guide for jonah 1 by david guzik blue letter bible. Please read our guideline on how to lead a bible study before starting. This book professes to give an account of what actually took place in the experience of the prophet.
Jonah free bible commentary in easy english easyenglish bible. Navigating a life interrupted bible study book by priscilla shirer. For the purposes of this study, we will divide jonah into seven scenes. In the new testament, no other old testament prophet is named by jesus more than the prophet jonah. When a great storm arose, and the inmates of the vessel. The main theme of the book of jonah is gods sovereignty over all people and his divine plan to extend his gift of mercy and salvation beyond israel to include the gentile nations. The purpose of this book is to show that god is a merciful and gracious god. Jonah was an unwilling prophet given an assignment which he found displeasing.
Visit our library of inductive bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the bible you can use in your small group. In the new testament, no other old testament prophet is named by. He chose to flee away from god rather than obey him. When we left jonah at the end of chapter one it is fair to say he was in a slightly sticky situation.
While jonah eventually did what he was asked to do, the book closes with showing jonah as a bitter man. A bible study on responding in faith when you dont like what god is doing ebook marci ogrosky westbow press 2014 epub. This old testament book describes at least part of the ministry of a prophet called jonah, the only prophet who attempted to run away from god. Blue letter bible is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Book of jonah overview insight for living ministries. Use highlighting, underlining, and take notes while you study the bible. Blue letter bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the bible easy and rewarding. The bible book of jonah contains the prophets own account of accepting correction, fulfilling his assignment, and receiving gods loyal love and mercy. The title of the book is the name of the main character, jonah. It is a well known story for obvious reasons, not least of which are a disobedient prophet, an obedient fish and a wicked nation that starts out bad, yet ends up good. Study scripture verses with commentary, concordances, and use highlighting, underlining, take notes in the bible. The condition of his soul, and gods loving discipline of him, instruct and humble the reader. Jonah 1 new international version niv jonah flees from the lord. Questions for discussion jonah the living word library.
Jonah jonah 4 jonahs real problem episode 317 the bible study podcast chris christensen provides a weekly bible study podcast audio show looking at scripture from a christian point of view. The lord jesus used jonah as a sign of his death, burial, and resurrection matt. Jonah is one of the most striking examples of a heart in need of expansion. Book of jonah lesson 1 welcome to the study of the book of jonah.
The book makes no direct claim regarding authorship. The book of jonah is unique among the books of the prophets. The new world translation of the holy scriptures is published by jehovahs witnesses. Despite being grouped among the twelve minor prophets, jonah stands out as being very different. Book of jonah this old testament book describes at least part of the ministry of a prophet called jonah, the only prophet who attempted to run away from god. A free bible commentary on the book of jonah in simple english. Instead of being a collection of oracles from a prophet, it is a story about a prophet, even though jonah is never called a prophet in the book. Apr 12, 2016 the book of jonah is a subversive story about a rebellious prophet who despises his god for loving his enemies.
The book is anonymous, and there are no indicators elsewhere in scripture to identify the author. The prophetic significance of this book not only lies in the short message in nineveh but also in the entire history of jonah described in his book. The story of a fish swallowing a man and the man living sounds impossible, and since most liberal scholars deny the possibility of the supernatural, they reject the book of jonah as anything but a fairy tale. Sep 29, 2014 tested and proven in bible study magazine, its perfect for group and individual studies alike. Date since jonah prophesied during the reign of jeroboam ii 782753.755 990 1425 592 706 1555 1310 750 1178 48 69 1503 205 164 1579 55 1069 113 1113 1513 1139 380 905 629 1156 611 425 944 1088 229 1034 976 152 117 822