Have you ever disobeyed one of God’s commands, especially in regard to loving others? An honest answer to that question will lead you to conclude that you may be more like Jonah than you first thought. Join us as we take an in depth look at this prophet and learn these important lessons from this book.
1) God has genuine concern for the salvation of all peoples.
2) God’s plan will be accomplished and does not depend on human strength, nor can it be thwarted by human weakness or disobedience.
3) Gentiles responded in the book with compassion and repentance, neither of which are evident in Jonah nor the Israelites.
4) Jonah was symbolic of Israel’s indifference and disobedience toward God and His compassion.
5) It is impossible to run away from God. He has unlimited resources to bring us back.
6) Failure does not disqualify a person from being used of God. God will discipline a disobedient believer, and disobedience always creates turmoil.
7) Patriotic or partisan fervor must always be tempered by God’s sovereign will and plan.
8) The events of Jonah prefigure the Resurrection of Christ and the Great Commission.