Week Twenty-Eight – Verse by Verse Devotional Series – The Prophets: Jonah
This week we study Jonah. Since the writer will be on break the weekly lesson outline associated with the series is attached.
See also: Ezekiel 3:18; Psalm 33: 22; Matthew 12:39; Eph. 4:30; Luke 9:55-55; 15:28; Acts 1:3; 3:19
Jumper 1:3 – Jonah fled from God. Have you fled from the will of God?
Overboard 1:15 – The boat men eventually had to put distance between themselves and Jonah, since Jonah was being disciplined by God.
Nineveh 3:4-9 – Nineveh believed and responded in kind to the message of God’s wrath. This is a lesson to all people of faith that we must allow others to experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Attitude 4:1-3 – Jonah got an attitude toward those who were being saved.
Holiness 4:10-11 – God is holy and just. His great love for his children cannot be stifled by naysayers.
Sunday, July 12
Jonah 1:1,2 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
Prayer: God, we give thanks that you would speak to us of the ways of righteousness.
Thought for the day: No secret codebook is needed to find God’s will in God’s word.
Monday, July 13
Jonah 1:3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshis to flee from the Lord.
Prayer: O God, may You and those you love forgive us when we have fled from you taking your blessed message with us.
Thought for the day: God does want to get a message of love to you.
Tuesday, July 14
Jonah 1:13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.
Prayer: Jesus, help us to move with the moving of your Holy Spirit and not against it.
Thought for the day: When you get nowhere in your spiritual life, ask yourself if you are rowing in the direction God sends you.
Wednesday, July 15
Jonah 2:2 [Jonah] said, “in my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
Prayer: God, we take comfort in knowing you rescued the prophet from the depths of the ocean and you rescued your son from the grave.
Thought for the day: When it comes to fishy stores, we can be grateful for those times when we are the one that got away.
Thursday, July 16
Jonah 3:4 Jonah started into the city, going a day’s journey and he proclaimed “Forty more days and Nineveh will be destroyed.”
Prayer: God, when you give us fair warning, may we have the presence of mind to heed your warning.
Thought for the day: God gave Nineveh 40 days. Ever notice how often 40 days appears in the Bible? Ever consider that it takes about 45 days to establish a new habit of behavior?
Friday, July 17
Jonah 4:1,2 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God ho relents from sending calamity.”
Prayer: God, we confess we are ashamed of those times when we have not loved your children as you have loved them and us.
Thought for the day: Thought God understands our attitudes, God does not necessarily approve of our attitudes.
Saturday, July 18
Jonah 4:11 [The Lord said,]” But Nineveh has more than hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should not I be concerned about the great city?”
Prayer: O God, thank you, thank you for your great care for your children and creatures.
Thought for the day: Today sing or just hum to yourself the chorus: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. . . .