- When was the last time you were stirred by compassion? To help someone in need?
Read Jonah 4:1-11.
- Why doesn’t Jonah end with Chapter 3? What does Chapter 4 add to our understanding about who God is?
- In Jonah 4:2-3, Jonah prayed. In his prayer, he quoted Exodus 34:4-7. Why did Jonah do this? Compare Jonah 4:2 and Exodus 34:4-7. What did Jonah leave out?
- Why do you think Jonah left the city of Nineveh and waited outside of it to see what would happen?
- Three times we are told “the Lord appointed.” What do we learn about God through this strange interaction with Jonah?
- What are we to learn from the plant, the worm, and the scorching wind?
- God asks Jonah a question that was similar to the question asked in Jonah 4:4: Jonah do you have a right to be angry? Did Jonah have a right? Why does God ask this question a second time, and what was Jonah’s response?
- What, in your opinion, is God trying to teach Jonah, and what is he trying to teach us through Jonah?
- The story of Jonah ends with a “?” Do we have any indication of Jonah’s response to God?
Make It Personal:
- How does Jonah 4 answer the question of God’s tolerance of evil in the world?
- Why do you think God cares so much about the lost?
- How has God been compassionate to you like He has been to Jonah, and to Nineveh?
- Pastor Jason made the point Sunday that, “when what you see and what you believe about God do not match, lean on what you believe.” Have you ever had a conflict between what you experience in life and what you believe about God? How did you respond?
- How has God’s compassion stirred your heart to show compassion on the lost lives around you? Is there someone God is calling you to go to and show compassion to?
- How has God been personally challenging you though this study? What is one take away or step you need to take in response to God?