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Obedience in Action
Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 4: Results - Day 1
“CHAPTER 3 SHOWS US THE MAGNIFICENT RESULTS THAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN WE COOPERATE WITH GOD. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DO ANYTHING—GOD’S WAY. OBEDIENCE IS THE SECRET OF SPIRITUAL POWER.” —LLOYD OGILVIE, THE COMMUNICATOR’S COMMENTARY
Have you ever wished life would give you a do-over? Have you left a conversation with a friend, an argument with your spouse or a conflict at work and thought: man, if only I could rewind and start over! We wish life was more like a DVD player, with fast-forward, rewind and pause buttons built right in.
Often, my mouth moves at a faster speed than my mind, which means I spend a lot of time apologizing and wishing I could take things back.
Usually they are well-intentioned words that end up striking the wrong chord in the receiver’s heart. Sometimes, though, those words are truly mean-spirited. What follows the lashing out is shame. Covering up my sin but also wishing I could start over again.
Here is another place where God is not like humans. God, in His divine mercy, is the king of second chances. Throughout scripture we see that God’s patience far outstrips our own. That His mercy and lovingkindness endures for generations. Truly, as the Bible says, His ways are NOT our ways!
If God was more like us, he would have given up on Jonah long ago. Yet this story reveals that God truly operates on a different level. Let’s take up our study of Jonah 3 and see what God has to reveal to us this week.
Father God, we know that your ways are not our ways. We pray that you would give us wisdom to understand you, and humble hearts to receive your word for us this week. Change us, transform us, so that we might be more like your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Read through Jonah 3 slowly.
What stands out for you? Record the words or phrases here.
Note the differences between Jonah 1:2 and Jonah 3:2.
How do you think Jonah’s experience with God may have changed God’s command?
Let’s revisit our Hebrew word from Chapter one: QUWM. Circle all the times in the following verses that this Hebrew word is used, translated arise, go, get up, obey, or rose.
Jonah 1:2-3, 6
2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But J ...
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