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Man Overboard! - Jonah

A five part mini study from the book of Jonah by Mark Floyd - September and October 2006

Jonah was a prophet of the Lord in the mid 8th century BC. The Lord instructed him to go to Nineveh, the capital of ancient Gentile Assyria, and cry out against their wickedness. However, Jonah refused to do so and fled in the opposite direction from the presence of the Lord, taking a ship which was likely headed for Spain.

As a result, the Lord brought a great storm against the ship; those on the ship drew lots to see who had brought this great storm on them. The lot fell to Jonah and as a result the men threw Jonah overboard to his certain death. However, the Lord had a great fish swallow Jonah and three days later the fish vomited Jonah alive onto dry land.

Jonah then went to Nineveh and preached against their wickedness. The residents of this great city believed Jonah's message and turned from their great wickedness; as a result, the Lord relented and did not destroy them. Actually, the city of Nineveh was destroyed about 150 years later.

The final chapter of the book records Jonah's response to what had happened and the Lord's answer to Jonah.

This story has created considerable controversy over the years with some suggesting that this was an impossible happening. Extensive research has shown that this is indeed possible.

The Lord Jesus Christ indicated that this was a real historical happening when he compared his coming death, burial and resurrection to Jonah's experience. (Matthew 12:40)

This study was done on Wednesday evenings in September and October. Each study consisted of an initial presentation with questions for personal application. The presentation and questions are recorded below. The discussion of the implications of each study was not recorded. The summary handouts are given in pdf format.

Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah flees from the Lord (~the self life in action) 14 minutes Play PDF
Jonah 1:4-17 Jonah is swallowed by the whale (~his death to self) 24 minutes Play PDF
Jonah 2:1-10 Jonah is vomited out on dry land (~his resurrection) 28 minutes Play PDF
Jonah 3:1-10 Ninevites believed Jonah's message (~fruitful service) 14 minutes Play PDF
Jonah 4:1-11 Jonah sulks and the Lord speaks (~relapse into self) 23 minutes Play PDF
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