Memory Text: “ ‘And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left – and much livestock?’ “ (Jonah 4:11, NKJV).
Jonah is the restless prophet; he was sent to Nineveh to preach the gospel of repentance but because He did not want them to repent he ran away. The Lord dramatically made him go to Nineveh, he preached to them, they repented and Jonah was not happy that they repented. This week will show us lessons we can take from Jonah’s restlessness and lack of peace.
Where was Jonah hoping to find peace?
Jonah was hoping to find peace outside the presence of God in Tarshish.
Why did Jonah run away?
Jonah ran away from preaching to the people of Nineveh because he felt they were too wicked especially towards Israel and were deserving of death.
How did God give rest to the Restless Prophet?
God prepared a fish to swallow Jonah after he was thrown into the sea by the men who were sailing him to Tarshish. The belly of the fish where Jonah stayed gave him a three-day rest, he began to realize why God’s will is the best and why he should always seek Him and His will rather than run away.
How did the people of Nineveh respond to the message Jonah brought?
They repented from their wicked ways and to demonstrate their change of heart everyone including animals fasted and mourned, the King of Nineveh stepped down from his throne and sits in ashes praying to God.
What lesson can we learn from Jonah’s rather faulty character?
Even as True Followers of God and even Prophets we may still have some growing up and overcoming yet to do. We have to pray for God’s power to overcome every form of evil.
What did God intend when He sent Jonah on the mission to Nineveh?
He intended that the people of Nineveh come to repentance and He wants them to be in His kingdom. On other hand, God wanted Jonah to grow and become more like Him as they work together, God wanted Jonah to find true rest that comes only by being in a saving relationship with God’s will, which includes reaching out to others and pointing them to the faith and hopes that we have.
Jonah’s reluctance to go to the people of Nineveh to preach the gospel brought him many bitter experiences. Should He had unquestionably followed God’s command He would have been blessed abundantly and restlessness will be well far from him. We save ourselves of restlessness by saving others, I pray We realize and seek to save others in Jesus’ name.