My thoughts for the Itty Bitty Bible Study group on Facebook. (join if you’d like to get these in fb!) The conversation starts Monday, February 5th.
Introduction from Bible.org
Great source of information, and I have grabbed the outline from the above link:
B. Brief Outline (basically in two parts, chapters 1,2 and 3,4)
1. chapter 1 – God’s will rejected and replaced by Jonah’s will. God wins!
2. chapter 2 – Jonah repents (poem written in past tense and depicts worship in the temple in Jerusalem).
3. chapter 3 – God’s will received; Nineveh repents.
4. chapter 4 – God’s character revealed in contrast to Jonah’s attitude and action.
As you know by now, I love Dr. J. Vernon McGee.
His ministry provides study guides and such, and an introduction to Jonah. In this, he discusses the theological perspectives and pulls apart the covers, showing that the pompous considerations do not hold water in light of scripture. He also clearly demonstrates that Jonah is NOT A FISH STORY!!!
You can go to the link above and get the study guide, or I’m going to try to make the jonah pdf available here. no22_jonah
This past year, we were able to take a whale watching cruise, and we got photos of the beluga whale…I think.
While there are various reasons that the whale might not be the fish…here’s some photos just for your amusement. I you have to copy this and put it into the url bar.
Christi, you say there’s reasons that it may not be a whale?
Here is the Institute in Creation Research’s point of view on whale vs fish.
Another place I like to look for some answers is GotQuestions.org. They discus whether Jonah was swallowed by a fish…and whether we should believe the story.
My first focus is on verses 1-3, and I will be sharing a story about how God told me to go to college, and I said no and joined the Navy. Like Jonah, I ended up being put in position wherein I had nothing to do but to cry out to God!
Week one, we’ll look at chapters 1& 2 – and how we say NO to God’s leading, and how we can turn that around.
Week two, we’ll look at chapters 3 & 4 – obedience doesn’t always lead to the outcomes we assume, and how that can effect our attitude.
Also, I intend to be creating my own Jonah art – and I’ll be posting it a bit at a time with each blog.
“The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear.
If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without hesitation.
If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself.” – from My Utmost for His highest
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- Naomi’s Heart Ministries
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