Jonah 1:1-3, 2:10-3:2
One day the LORD spoke to Jonah son of Amittai. He said, “Go to Nineveh, that great city, and speak out against it; I am aware how wicked its people are.” Jonah, however, set out in the opposite direction in order to get away from the LORD. He went to Joppa, where he found a ship about to go to Spain. He paid his fare and went aboard with the crew to sail to Spain, where he would be away from the LORD.
Three days later…
Then the LORD ordered the fish to spew Jonah up on the beach, and it did.
Once again the LORD spoke to Jonah. He said, “Go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to the people the message I have given you.”
Like Elijah, most of the prophets had messages for Israel from God. But Jonah was given a message for the Assyrian city of Nineveh - Israel’s cruel enemy.
- Have you ever been told to do something and you disobeyed and did something else?
- Where did God tell Jonah to go and what was he meant to do there?
- Why did he run away in the opposite direction? Remember the Ninevites were Israel’s enemies!
God called Jonah on a challenging mission to share His message with the Ninevites. He was frightened and ran away.
- What might God call us to do for Him that is challenging?
Jonah got on a boat and went somewhere else.
- In what ways do we avoid doing what God asks us to do?
Even though Jonah turned his back on God. He was given a second chance.
- What three things did God use to get Jonah back to Nineveh?
God forgave Jonah and then used him to bring good news to Nineveh.
- What was his message and how did the Ninevites respond?
Through Jesus we have a message of good news.
- How can we share this with others?
Thank you for always giving me a second chance. Forgive me for the times I have run away from doing the things you wanted me to do. Help me to be brave and bring your message of good news to the people around me today.
Pray it+ Pray for the person next to you that they will have chances to share God’s good news with people around them this week.
Share some good news about God with a friend or someone in your family (text, snapchat, whatsapp…).
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