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THE JONAH SAGA
Lesson 4 for July 25, 2015
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THE PROPHET JONAH
He Jeroboam II restored the territory of
Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the Sea of
the Arabah, according to the word of the Lord God
of Israel, which He had spoken through His
servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet who
was from Gath Hepher. (2 Kings 1425)
Jonah is introduced as the son of Amittai (Jonah
11), a Galilean prophet who was born in a
village close to Nazareth. He is a successful
prophet. His prophecy about Israel was fulfilled
(Jeremiah 289). Jonah had both great strengths
and great weaknesses. He was stubborn and
rebellious, but he was willing to learn. He was
faithful to God, courageous and a praying man.
Nevertheless, he was narrow-minded, selfish and
vengeful. God is willing to use us despite our
faults.
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THE CONVERSION OF JONAH
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to
swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the
fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah
prayed to the Lord his God from the fishs
belly. (Jonah 117-21)
According to some writing of that time, three
days and three nights was a literary figure of
the time it would take for someone to go to Sheol
(Jonah 22).
Jesus used Jonahs story as an example of Him
being in the heart of the earth (Matthew
1240). He would then resurrect from the death
like Jonah was vomited from the large fish.
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THE CONVERSION OF JONAH
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to
swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the
fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah
prayed to the Lord his God from the fishs
belly. (Jonah 117-21)
Jonah faced an imminent death. He trusted Gods
forgiveness and he believed God could save him.
He repented before Him (Jonah 26-9).
God showed His mercy to Jonah. That was the same
mercy that moved Him to forgive the Ninevites.
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MISSIONARY IN ENEMY TERRITORY
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and
preach to it the message that I tell you.
And Jonah began to enter the city on the first
days walk. Then he cried out and said, Yet
forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!
(Jonah 32-4)
  1. God is willing to give us a second chance when we
    fail.
  2. We are sent to talk to those who dont know God
    yet.
  3. The message we give is Gods, not ours.
  4. Gospel and judgment always come together. Sin
    must be shown up so men and women can find
    salvation in Christ.
  5. God always accept true repentance. He doesnt
    expect sinners to achieve a full knowledge of the
    truth before forgiving them.

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Gods messengers in the great cities are not to
become discouraged over the wickedness, the
injustice, the depravity, which they are called
upon to face while endeavoring to proclaim the
glad tidings of salvation. The Lord would cheer
every such worker with the same message that He
gave to the apostle Paul in wicked Corinth Be
not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace
for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee
to hurt thee for I have much people in this
city. Acts 189, 10 In every city, filled
though it may be with violence and crime, there
are many who with proper teaching may learn to
become followers of Jesus. Thousands may thus be
reached with saving truth and be led to receive
Christ as a personal Saviour.
E.G.W. (Prophets and Kings, cp. 22, pg. 277)
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THE CRY OF JONAH
So he prayed to the Lord, and said, Ah, Lord,
was not this what I said when I was still in my
country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish
for I know that You are a gracious and merciful
God, slow to anger and abundant in
lovingkindness, One who relents from doing
harm. (Jonah 42)
Unbelievable! Jonah is the only person in the
Bible who accused God of offering grace, of being
compassionate, slow to anger and full of love. He
complained that God forgives instead of sending
calamities. What was Jonahs problem? His problem
was selfishness. Jonah was unable to care about
someone but himself. His own fame and welfare
were more important to him than the salvation of
more than 120,000 people. Are we as blind as
Jonah was? Are we aware of our missionworking
for the salvation of our neighbor? Are we willing
to joyfully fulfill our mission?
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E.G.W. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, cp.
74, pg. 606)
All are required to labor to diminish the ills
and multiply the blessings of their fellow
creatures. If we are strong to resist temptation
we are under the greater obligation to help those
who are weak and yielding. Have we knowledge, we
should instruct the ignorant. Has God blessed us
with this worlds goods, it is our duty to succor
the poor. We must work for others good. Let all
within the sphere of our influence be partakers
of whatever of excellence we may possess. None
should be content to feed on the bread of life
without sharing it with those around them."
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