Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
DESTINATION: Jonah 1-4
Jonah is different from other prophetic books. It narrates a prophet's
story rather than focusing on his prophecies. The only verse that
summarizes his message is 3:4. The book teaches the lesson that God's
grace goes beyond the boundaries of Israel to embrace all nations.
Jonah is a historical story, and is also mentioned by Jesus—the book is a
picture of His death and resurrection.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
793 B.C. During reign of Jeroboam II, Jonah receives call to go
760 B.C. Amos becomes a prophet
722 B.C. Israel falls to Assyria
In the book of Jonah, we see a classic example of what God can do in the life
of a prophet. Jonah was told to go and preach to Nineveh, but he chose to
be disobedient and flee to Tarshish. In spite of his disobedience, God redirected
his path and brought Jonah to repentance through a unique sojourn in the
stomach of a fish. As a result, Jonah preached to Nineveh, and repentance
was the result, which brought glory to God.