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(seldom emphasized but important lessons we still need today). You know the basic story…. 1:3. But Jonah retreated toward Tarshish !. God required Jonah to report to Nineveh , 1:1-2. “So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.”.

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But Jonah retreated toward Tarshish!

God required Jonah to report to Nineveh, 1:1-2

so they picked up jonah threw him into the sea and the sea stopped its raging
“So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.”
  • God then reins Jonah with a raging tempest, 1:4-9;
  • Jonah realizes and reports the resolution, 1:9-12;
  • The sailors are reluctant, but relent, 1:13-15;
  • and repent, 1:16.

“And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.” 1:17

“ThenJonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish…”2:1ff


“Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up on dry land.” 2:10

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying,

‘Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.’” 3:1-2

“So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord…” 3:3a


Nineveh’s reception (of the word), repentance, 3:4-9;

God relents, and Nineveh is redeemed, 3:10!


Jonah’s resentment, 4:1-3;

God’s reminders, 4:4-11.

But what’s the point of it all?

That God loves all people and wants all to be saved?

Sure, Rom.1:16; 1Tim.2:4; Titus 2:11-15…

But is that it?


Consider this question:

Why was it so important that Jonahgo to Nineveh?

Why not let the whale be the end of it for Jonah, and send someone else to Nineveh,cf. Esther 4:14?

Because the story is about Jonah’s salvationas much as Nineveh’s…

and there was something yet lacking (cf. Luke 18:22ff)…


Jonahwas doing the right things, finally…

But his “heart was not right” (cf. Acts 8:21):

1. He sought pleasure from the wrong sources, v.1,;

2. He thought only of himself, vv.2-5

3. He didn’t getthe value of others’ souls, vv.6-11, but perhaps most importantly…

4. He didn’t love his enemies, v.2


Jonah begged to die, but was not ready…

He needed God’s compassion as much as Nineveh!

Now, we could ask:

“Where is your Nineveh?”

“Even if your actions are (finally) right,

is your heart right?”

What does your story indicate?

But first, there are a couple more points…

seldom emphasized lesson 1 from chapter 1
Seldom Emphasized Lesson #1 from Chapter 1:

You could be “the one” putting the whole ship in peril:

  • Like Achan to Israel, Josh.7:1ff;
  • Like Korah did to his family, Num.16:1-3, 31-35;
  • Like the immoral man did to his brethren, 1Cor.5.

Seldom Emphasized Lesson #2 from Chapter 2:

When your disobedience leads to “rock bottom” (or the belly of a “great fish”), have sense enough to “stop digging” or “sinking deeper” and repent!

Like Jonah, our initial mistakes are usually made much worse by stubborn rebellionand refusal to simply confess, repent, and return.


Seldom Emphasized Lesson #3 from Chapter 3:

Doing whatGod says, whenGod says, where God says, howGod says ALWAYS WORKS BETTER!

This is dependent on:

Having our mind right;

Having our heart right;

And, having our body/ actions right.



Seldom Emphasized Lesson #4 from Chapter 4:

To really see “the big picture,” we must strive to see things from God’s perspective.

Matt.6:22-23proper vision enables:

vv.19-21, perspective

vv.24, allegiance

vv.25-34, activity

vv.14-15, results

teaches so many needed lessons

Teaches so many needed lessons…

If we will just “see” and learn!