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Jonah (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Jonah

Read Jonah

Jonah (Chapters 1 and 2)

  • What was Jonah asked to do?
  • Why didn't he do it?
  • Where did he go instead?
  • What happened?
  • What is the moral issue here? (disobedience, willfulness, prejudice, lack of integrity?)
    • Did Jonah express integrity? When? [He owns up to being the cause of the storm.]
  • What are lots? (See Shep and Lily: A Lesson about Casting Lots)

Jonah (Chapters 3 and 4)

  • How many times does God ask Jonah to go to Nineveh? [2 times]
  • Is Jonah more obedient the second time?
  • Why?
  • Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh the first time?
    • Was he afraid? [He was afraid the people would be obedient to God and Jonah thought they should be destroyed?]
    • Do you ever think someone should be punished rather than forgiven?
    • Why is it important that we know God forgives?
    • Why is it important that God chooses whom He wants to save over our choices?
    • What lessons can we learn about God’s forgiveness?
      • Why would we want our dads to learn God’s lesson of forgiveness?
    • How many days did it take to get to Nineveh?
    • Did the people repent (change their behavior)?
    • How did Jonah feel about the people turning to God? [Angry]
      • Why was Jonah angry that the people turned to God?
        • Wouldn’t you be happy that they gave up their evil ways?
        • Why did their turning their lives around upset Jonah? [he wanted them to be punished]
    • What did Jonah want God to do to him? [take his life]
      • Why does anger make us say things we don’t mean?
      • How did God help Jonah with his anger?
    • Does the story seem to end abruptly?
      • What is Jonah to learn?
      • What are we to learn?
      • What is prejudice?
      • Why was Jonah prejudiced against the people of Nineveh?
      • Can you see why we aren’t to judge people?
    • Read different translations of the final two chapters and retell the story in your own words.
      • Do you think the story of Jonah is true?
      • Did you read the article Just a Tall Tale?...Never!?
      • Did you know that Jesus mentioned Jonah?
        • Read Matt 12:38-41