Jonah Chapter 4 Discussion

  • Johannes Figglebottom - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    Ohhh yes, thank you, this helps, I think my problem was that I was reading the Bible backwards like a manga. Much appreciated!
  • Suze - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    I think you are pulling our legs , one of mine has bells on .
  • Concerned4TheMisinformed - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    I pray you are joking! Harry Potter is a very good example of evil being seen as good bringing us one step closer to The End Times. All you need is the Bible. Think of it this way. Bible= B asic

    I nstructions

    B efore

    L eaving

    E arth
  • GiGi - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    Johannes, Your friend is steering you the wrong way. Anakin was in Star Wars, not Harry Potter. Star Wars teaches false belief about God. Harry Potter is full of witchcraft and sorcery. Stay clear of anything that promotes, glorifies, or instructs in occultic practices that the Bible prohibits.

    Read the Gospels in the Bible to learn about Jesus, and only read the Bible concerning Him. You will find in Him the answer to our greatest and deepest need-that of being saved from our sin and wrongdoings.
  • T. Levis - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    I recommend that you read the Bible & not trust the other.

    If you want to know who Jesus is start with: Matthew 1:1, Mark 1:1, Luke 1:1, John 1:1, & read through each chapter.

    Hopefully you find that helpful.
  • Johannes Figglebottom on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    Who is this Jesus/ God character? I have been trying to read up on the Bible and it's characters, and a friend of mine told me that I have to read Harry Potter before reading the Bible because Anakin Skywalker from Harry Potter is one of the 27 disciples of Jesus from the Bible. Is this true?? I cant seem to find any evidence of it. Any help is appreciated.
  • Story of Jonah - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    JONAH 2

    7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

    10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

    No. Jonah did not go to hell. Scripture says he'll is empty. All people who die (wherever that happened);

    their grave is where the body or remains are.

    They are as the Bible says: SLEEPING.

    Jonah was not happy to be called to deliver a message from God. Disgruntled, he was taken on a cruise in the belly of a whale; so he could rethink his objections

    The whale vomits him in the beach. He's bleached white from the gastric liquids of the whale. He has seaweed all over & some other stuff :/

    A Ninevite fisherman sees this horror and Jonah says REPENT. He continues to Nineveh and delivers Gods message. They repented from top to bottom: people, donkeys, cats, dogs. They all got saved.

    Jonah goes back out to the beach and proceeds to grumble to himself under a shrub. While he's asleep, God in his kindness makes leaves grow on the shrub to shade Noah.

    It makes me think of the Book of Jeremiah (the weeping prophet), when he spoke of the heart of God to those stubborn non-repentant Israelites. It makes me cry.

    I love stories even better where you can see the merciful heart of God.
  • Jesse - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago

    I don't see anything that would have me to believe that Jonah went to Hell. Here's what I get out of that passage and how it might relate to us today. What I see is that God has a will and a purpose for everything He does. He told Jonah to go to Nineveh. You see, God had a purpose for Jonah. But what did Jonah do? He said, (and I am paraphrasing here), "I'm not going to Nineveh, I'm going the opposite direction. It was God's will that Jonah go to Nineveh and since it was God's will and Jonah went against it, Jonah ended up being spit out of the mouth of a great fish. Guess where Jonah ended up? Right there on the shore of Nineveh.

    You see, it's the same for us today. Whatever God's will is for us, whatever God wants us to do, He will make it happen one way or another. We cannot fight against God's will and expect to win that battle!
  • David Williams on Jonah 4 - 2 years ago
    Did Jonah go to hell. What does this passage have to do with us this era that we are in. Did Jonah go to hell
  • Free - In Reply on Jonah 4:11 - 2 years ago
    Hi dear co worker, what grace and patience God have too us all. My heart is cracked in gratefulness. Thank You Lord Jesus. God bless u in Jesus Name.
  • Eric Lopez on Jonah 4:11 - 2 years ago
    Wow I(was/am) much like Jonah. Grew up spoiled and felt entitled to things without working for them like this chapter. How ungrateful we are sometimes and don't even see it.
  • Chris - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 3 years ago
    Scott, you shared great insights to the Mind of God & the carnal mind of man (Israel). And a great challenge to us, to personal introspection of our thoughts & motives resulting of the Work of the Cross in our lives.

    No one is outside the bounds of God's Love & Mercy & we need to have that always before us as we look at others, seeing them & understanding them as God does. Not always easy to do as our eyes & minds sometimes get clouded, but the Spirit speaks expressly & clearly in every facet of our lives. Thank you again for that worthy & timely message.
  • Scott on Jonah 4 - 3 years ago
    Jonah 4:2 reveals the prophet's knowledge of God and His character of mercy and compassion. He knew God so well, but refused to be like Him. God's desire for Israel was to use them to display the glory of God and draw the world to God. Instead, Jonah exemplifies Israel's arrogance in claiming "those people" are undeserving of the grace extended to themselves from a loving God.

    This attitude resulted in the religious leaders of Christ's day putting Him on a cross, rejecting His message of salvation. Their sinful response provided for our salvation and the creation of the church, Christ's bride. Now we are to be "one" with Christ and display His compassion and mercy while speaking to all people's of His love and forgiveness available to them through Calvary. His church - meaning each Christian - is commissioned to make disciples, and commanded to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily.

    Do I really believe God is full of mercy and compassion? What I do with God's message of forgiveness and mercy through offering Jesus Christ's salvation and calling for sinners to repent = the answer to that question.

    In chapter 1 Jonah never prays to God, but tries to run away. As we understand God's call for us to give the gospel to the world, prayer for wisdom, power, and love for sinners should be our "first priority". Jonah also teaches me to understand anytime I think of some one or people group as "those people", I need to humble myself and realize we are all "one people" in God's eyes. No one is more undeserving of God's love than I am. The fact that He brought the knowledge of the gospel to me is proof He can save anyone who repents of sin and takes Christ as Lord and Saviour. Amen!
  • Spike4187 - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 3 years ago
    Apparently Jonah did not want to even warn the people of Ninevah. He wanted them to be destroyed. Perhaps they were doing things so detestable, so disgusting and revolting when the Lord told him to go preach to them he went the other way. You know the story, Jonah did preach to the people and from the King on down they believed and repented and the Lord withheld his judgment. Jonah on the other had was angry, because he wanted them to die. You see the Lords response to Jonah's attitude. This should give all people hope, our Lord loves mankind and is rich in mercy, we all have a chance. If we repent and believe.
  • SUMMER COPAS on Jonah 4 - 3 years ago
    What is the meaning of jonah beinginng mad if god is the most high and doing right
  • Stephen ologhobo on Jonah 4 - 3 years ago
    GOD use foolish things to confirm the wise...

    GOD told jonah that ..he had pity on the gourd ,what he did not labour for or plant and also he did not knw how it grows,...

    and that was a clear message to jonah ....
  • Lisa - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 4 years ago
    I think that answer may have only been more confusing, lol. But I see where you went, and I appreciate the comment. I did wonder why they mentioned the cattle. I will have to look into how they took census back then. I find this interesting. Thank you.
  • Chris - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 4 years ago
    Lisa, you have that figure correct at 120,000. But if you read the verse fully, you will see that that figure applies to those "who cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand" So this figure of 120K, refers to the immature ones of the population, i.e. young children.

    That being the case, then it's very likely that those other numbers you've seen, 600K plus, would refer to the rest of the population of Nineveh. So, the differing numbers you noted, are just people's guesses as to what Nineveh's population might have been at that time. So, I hope you are clear on this. And don't forget the "much cattle"! They're important too, as if Jonah didn't go to preach repentance to them, not only the people but also innocent children & innocent cattle would have been destroyed.
  • Lisa James on Jonah 4 - 4 years ago
    In Jonah 4:11, It says there were more than sixscore thousand saved. That is 120,000. I heard a song with a Billy Graham excerpt where he states it was the greatest revival in history, over 600,000 were saved. In my search for where this number came from, I have seen a few sites that use numbers similar. Some say 100,000 to 600,000. I even saw one that said there were anywhere from 600,000 to 1,000,000. Does anyone know where these numbers come from? If it were more than 140,000, wouldn't it have said more than seven score? Is there another scripture that gives evidence there were anywhere near 600,000?
  • Nick Kornev - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 4 years ago
    Thank you!

    I like your reply
  • Mishael - In Reply on Jonah 4 - 4 years ago
    Hi Nick. Glad you're here today. Peace be with you
  • Nick Kornev on Jonah 4 - 4 years ago
    Hi, I really like your bible.
  • Obbie Beal on Jonah 4 - 5 years ago
    the DNA of Jonah has passed down to 2018; in many circumstances those that GOD love and do not want to destroy we have the wrong ..., ..., for / toward them.
  • Bill on Jonah 4 - 5 years ago
    Jonah spent 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the great fish and was spat out on the shore,was a picture of Jesus spending 3 days and nights in the tomb then he rose again.
  • Anne on Jonah 4 - 6 years ago
    Jonah, although he obeyed God in carrying the message to Niveneh, did not seem to have love and compassion for the people of Niveneh. When we have love and compassion for others we want them to be saved. Thank God for his compassion on us.
    'It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is thy faithfulness'.(Lam.3:22).
  • Linda Renaud-Medford on Jonah 4 - 6 years ago
    Jonah wanted to run away from God's instructions. God showed him that he had no choice. When he asked the men on board the ship to throw him over into the sea, God had already prepared a place for him, where he spent three days and nights before going to preach to the people of Nineveh to obey the words of the Lord. The people listened and obeyed. Jonah waited for one day to see what would happen.
  • A disciple on Jonah 4 - 6 years ago
    Jonah was MADE to do what God commanded him, so God could show a sign to all times and generations that "There is NOTHING too hard for the LORD!" as well as show by even this most hopelessly lost and deceived heathen could repent; and therefore setting the standard by which every one no matter how lost CAN REPENT! God let Jonah suffer for his self-will, and afterward used him to preach with POWER!
  • A disciple on Jonah 4 - 6 years ago
    "But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry...I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country?" There are several times in the Bible when the righteous get angry at the evildoers. The cruelty and violence of the heathen Nineveh was unforgivable to righteous Jonah, to find any justification for bringing the Word of God to that wicked people to find mercy.
  • Linda on Jonah 4 - 7 years ago
    I am so blessed to have read the book of Jonas. I've repented for being selfish and not making wise decisions in my life. God is so amazing bc of his Grace. I've ask God to cleanse me and meet me right where I am. God love is real so real that I will never understand but accept. Jesus is the answer bc he finished everything for us on the cross. Forgive everyone no matter how bad and thank God.
  • Levi J. Ziegler on Jonah 4 - 7 years ago
    There seems to be a Jonah in each of us. What we do with that Jonah is our choice. I must ask of each of us "are we in a stadium or on the playing field?" When we hear that still small voice or are faced with the obvious, are we a Jonah or a Moses, David, Jeremiah, Esther or a Miriam? When the going gets tough the tough get going. Even going into Nineveh!

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