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Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Daniel's Three Friends (Daniel 1-3)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

Opening Prayer

God's People (Galatians 3)
    How did Israel respond to warnings of disaster by God's prophets?
      Micah 2:6
    Why did Israel feel so secure?
      Amos 7:12-13
    How did God respond to Israel's feeling of superiority?
      Amos 9:7
    How did Jesus respond to the Jews' arrogance as descendants of Abraham?
      Matthew 3:9

    But hadn't God excluded non-Jews from His people when He called Abraham?
      Genesis 12:1-3
    Wasn't God only the God of the Jews?
      Romans 3:29-30 (10:12-15)
    What about God's promise specifically for the descendants of Abraham?
      Galatians 3:7-9
    How do we, as non-Jews, receive the promise given to Abraham?
      Galatians 3:14, 29

    How did the early church respond when Peter baptized the Roman, Cornelius?
      Acts 11:1-3
    What great understanding did they gain after Peter told his story?
      Acts 11:18

Jonah's Times (Jonah 1:1)
    Who was Jonah?
      Jonah 1:1
    At what time in Israel's history did Jonah prophesy?
      2 Kings 14:23, 25
    What world power was Israel's biggest threat?
      2 Kings 15:19
    For what did the Israelites dream?
      Micah 5:5-6
    Why is it called the land of Nimrod?
      Genesis 10:8-12

Jonah's Call (Jonah 1:1-3)
    What was God's mission for Jonah?
      Jonah 1:2
    What would happen if they listened to Jonah and turned from evil?
      Ezekiel 18:21, 23
    How did Jonah feel about being God's messenger of grace to Assyria?
      Jonah 1:3

Rough Seas Away From God (Jonah 1)
    How easily could Jonah run away and hide from God?
      Jeremiah 23:23-24
    Did Jonah really feel he could run away and hide from God?
      Jonah 1:4-6

    How did the sailors determine Jonah was responsible for the calamity?
      Jonah 1:7-10 (Prov 16:33)
    How would they be able to calm this storm?
      Jonah 1:11-12
    How quickly did the sailors follow Jonah's instructions?
      Jonah 1:13-15
    What effect did this event have on the sailors?
      Jonah 1:16

The Fish (Jonah 2)
    How did God protect Jonah from the sea to be able to fulfill his mission?
      Jonah 1:17; 2:10

    Fish Notes:
      Not a whale - Extremely rare in Mediterranean, throat too small
      Probably a Requin shark - Common in Mediterranean to 25' long, large throat
        Deep water, Very voracious, swallows everything it finds
        Whole horse was found in one
      1758 - One swallowed an overboard sailor and disappeared,
        captain shot with cannonball, man vomited up alive
    What was significant about the time Jonah remained in the fish?
      Matthew 12:38-40 (16:4)
    How did Jonah pass the time?
      Jonah 2:1 (2-9)

Jonah's Mission (Jonah 3)
    How did God's mission for Jonah change after his display of faithlessness?
      Jonah 3:1-2
    How did Jonah respond this second time?
      Jonah 3:3-4
    How did Jonah know what to say?
      Jonah 3:2

    How had the Israelites treated God's prophets who called for repentance?
      1 Kings 19:10
    Did the evil Ninevites reject Jonah's message and attempt to harm him?
      Jonah 3:5-9
    How did God respond to their acceptance of His call?
      Jonah 3:10

Jonah's Celebration of Success (Jonah 4)
    How thrilled was Jonah that his mission had been successful?
      Jonah 4:1
    Why did he react this way?
      Jonah 4:2
    What did he do?
      Jonah 4:3-5

    What miracle did God perform to teach Jonah a lesson?
      Jonah 4:6-7
    Bush Notes:
      Probably Elkeroa - Common shrub in Palestine, grows in sandy places
        Broad vine-like leaves with dense shadow
        Grows very quickly in matter of days
    How did this affect Jonah?
      Jonah 4:8-9
    What was God's message through the vine?
      Jonah 4:10-11

Closing Prayer

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