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The Book of Jonah

Bible Study-JOA-Chapter 4

Chapter 4__Correction

     Jonah 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

     Why was Jonah angry? Because the entire city of Nineveh, all 600,000 or more of them, gave up idol worship and began loving and praying to our Father.

     Jonah believed that if Nineveh were destroyed by our Father that He would not use the Assyrians to put His people in captivity, that He would leave them alone and they could continue to snub their noses at Him and worship idols.

     As it turns out, the prophet that was to preach the words of our Father to them, is now angry that the words of our Father saved them. And he failed and his people will now go into captivity.

     Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

     Now Jonah is going to let his anger boil over a bit when he speaks to the Father. He’s saying that he saw this happening early on, that the Ninevites would be saved by the words of our Father. And now his people are going to be imprisoned.

     Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

     So Jonah starts his own pity party. Oh, it’s better for me to die and all that nonsense.

     Jonah 4:4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

     Father looks down on him and says that it’s good for him to be angry. Builds character and all that.

     Jonah 4:5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

     So, Jonah picks up his stuff and leaves to sulk on a hill just outside the city. He looked around for some branches and such and built a booth, a succah. The succah was a small hut that was usually built during the festival of the Feast of Tabernacles to remind the Jews of their hardships of their past pilgrim state.

     Father knew that this pitiful little hut would not provide much shade for Jonah, as his pity party continued, so He helped Jonah out a little.

     Jonah 4:6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

     Let’s understand what this gourd is:

    ✡   Gourd_OT:7021 qiyqayown (kee-kaw-yone'); perhaps from OT:7006; the gourd (as nauseous):

    ✡   Root Word_OT:7006 qayah (kaw-yaw'); a primitive root; to vomit: KJV - spue.

     Our Father is having some fun with Jonah because this gourd, this plant, even though it did have huge leaves on it that would provide a good bit of shade for Jonah, it really smelled bad. It stunk! Even our word “vomit” comes from the name of this plant. It will really make you nauseous.

     And Jonah was glad to get it but what he didn’t do was thank our Father for it. ‘Ole Jonah just can’t seem to do anything right at the moment.

     Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

     So the next day our Father prepared a worm that would eat at the gourd and cause it to die, thus taking away the shade that Jonah had.

     Jonah 4:8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

     And boy it got hot that day without the shade. The east wind is coming in from across the desert and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head and he fainted. When he came to, he just wished that he would die.

     Jonah 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

     Father asks Jonah if he is PO’d at the gourd as well and Jonah says, yep, and he’ll probably be angry until he dies.

     Jonah 4:10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

     Jonah didn’t do one blessed thing to, not only deserve the gourd but nothing to make it grow when it did, so why was he so mad at it?

     Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? KJV

     Our Father asks Jonah if He should have just gone ahead and killed 60,000 people who were so pitiful that they didn’t know their right hand from their left and should He kill all the cattle as well?

     What’s to be learned from this book of Jonah overall? That our Lord will spend three days and three nights in the tomb as Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that whale. It's prophesy.  It's not just a fish story that will be told to a bunch of young people. If that were the case, then it's just a bunch of words about a man and a fish and you would be better to read Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.

     As far as the last few verses, don’t ever get angry with our Father. If you go against Him, if you approach and treat Him as another human being, you are going to get your head thumped again and again and again.

     As far as the beginning of the book? It doesn’t matter how deep into sin you have descended, He will always reach out to you by sending someone to TRY to bring you back to Him again.  The person being sent and the asking will be done through the book of His Word, the Bible. That’s where the communication starts and ends. What did He say? Behold I have told you all things through the prophets.

     Get back on the right track. Take a good look at your preacher and see if what he talks about on Sunday morning even slightly resembles what’s contained in the Book. If it doesn’t maybe you should change something because if you don’t, you may be in for a world of spiritual hurt.

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