Bible Study Lesson – May 13, 2020 ~ 7:30 pm
Lesson 14: An Angry Prayer (Jonah 4:1-4)
- Angered by God’s forgiveness of Nineveh, Jonah prays for the second time in the book. Compare Jonah’s first prayer in 2:1-9 with his prayer in 4:2-3. What changes between the first prayer and his second?
- What are Jonah’s expectations for God’s mercy? How does Jonah’s attitude change when God’s compassion is directed toward Nineveh rather than him?
- How does Jonah describe God? Read Exodus 34:6-7. What stands out to you about these descriptions?
It’s easy to think less of Jonah for his anger about Nineveh’s salvation, but remember the severity of Nineveh’s crimes. Think of a situation where someone did something deserving of punishment. How would you have felt if they were forgiven instead? Would it make a difference to you if they had repented? Would you have been able to forgive them?
May 20, 2020 – Lesson 15: A Prophet And A Plant (Jonah 4:5-8) and Lesson 16: Misplaced Priorities (Jonah 4:9-11)