Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
How does the structure of 3:1–3 parallel 1:1–3? What are the similarities? What are the differences?
What does it tell us about Jonah at this point in the story? (Jonah at least realizes that he cannot run away from the presence of the Lord.)
How are these verses reflected in the way God responds to the Ninevites? (In both cases God is extremely gracious)
When have you experienced God graciously offer you a second chance?
What do these verses teach you about His character?
How should this example from the life of Jonah encourage us in obedience? (Chapter 1 and 2 could have been deleted.)
How do Jonah’s actions show that he still lacks a disposition of obedience to God?
How did the Ninevites respond to Jonah’s preaching?
And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
What does their response tell us about their spiritual disposition?
How is their repentance different from that we saw of Jonah last week?
What does Jonah’s message reveal about his heart toward the Ninevites?
Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
Why is heartless obedience so dangerous?
In what ways can we be obedient but heartless?
Who do you struggle to have compassion for in your life? How might hearing their story change the way you think about them?
How is obedience to God testing your desire for comfort today?
Where is God calling you to step out in obedience? How have you responded to His call?
Live it Out
Prayer: Ask God for the ability to hear His Word like the Ninevites. Pray that He would further soften your heart to His gospel to anchor your life in His truth.
Proclaim: As believers, God has called us into the joy of disciple making (). Think of those in your life who do not believe in Jesus
Christ. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with them and be bold in grace and truth when God opens the door to do so.
Surrender: Through Jesus, God has given us all a second chance despite our rebellion. As you think on this truth, come up with three ways you can surrender your preferences to serve someone else this week.
surrender your preferences to serve someone else this week.
Praise: Reflect on your relationship with Christ. How has God given you a second chance? What has He forgiven? How has He changed you? As you meditate on God’s faithfulness, worship Him through prayer and praise for what He has done.
meditate on God’s faithfulness, worship Him through prayer and praise for what He has done.
Second Chance: Despite his disobedience, God offered Jonah a second chance. How can you do the same for someone in your midst? Consider the resources God has blessed you with and list out three ways you can use them to help provide a second chance for someone.
resources God has blessed you with and list out three ways you can use them to help provide a second chance for someone.