Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
All of them (Half, three-quarters, a few). Even the King himself took of his royal robes and put on sackcloth. He sat in the dust and decreed that every man and beast would begin to fast in the hope that God would relent his judgement.
Amittai. There isn't anything I can really put here.
Taking Jonah's life. Jonah was in fact so mad that he wanted God to kill him. He thought it was better for him to die than to live. However, God did not oblige Jonah.
Not judging Nineveh. Jonah said, 'I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity...' Jonah wanted the Ninevites to be punished for their sins, not forgiven.
|Jonah is running from God at the beginning of the story. However we know that he has a change of heart while he is in the belly of the great fish. What is his feeling at the end of the story? Happy or angry?||The Story of Jonah
Angry . Despite everything that God does, Jonah is still angry at God. He thinks Nineveh should suffer and he does not want God to spare them, as he knew He would if Jonah preached.
|According to the book of Jonah, people forfeit what when they cling to worthless idols?||The Story of Jonah
Grace. According to Jonah, God is gracious. He records that grace can be forfeited because of idol worship.
|The NIV records that Jonah used a message of ___________ words to convert the Ninevites?||The Story of Jonah
8. Jonah wasn't any great speaker. I guess we all wish public speaking could be that easy.
|God had to tell Jonah ____________ times to go to Nineveh before Jonah listened?||The Story of Jonah
2. Jonah was stubborn in listening to God. In fact, he had to survive a storm and being fish food before he listened.
|According to the NIV (in the Book of Jonah) translation of scripture, what was the creature responsible for swallowing Jonah?||The Story of Jonah
Great Fish. Jesus does refer to the 'great fish' as a whale, thus the story Jonah and the Whale. In Jonah, however, it is simply referred to as a great fish.
|The crew of the ship discovered that Jonah was the source of the terrible storm by ____________?||The Story of Jonah
casting lots. It is interesting that the way the crew came to a understanding of Elohim (God) was through a disobedient prophet and the casting of lots.
sleeping. Jonah was asleep even thought there was a storm raging around him. The experienced seaman were afraid for their lives and Jonah was able to rest through it all.
Tarshish. Tarshish was located on the far side of the Mediterranean sea.
Joppa. Joppa was a sea port along the coast of Judah, one of the areas belonging to the twelve tribes of Israel.
|In Jonah 4:11 (NIV), what odd reason does God give for pitying the people of Nineveh, to whom He sent Jonah?||BBB Bible Series: Jonah
the people could not tell their right hand from their left. In the context, it seems that God meant that the Ninevites didn't know what they were doing, especially in terms of telling right from wrong. It's possible that He meant that they were like little children, too young to understand.
God relented, and spared the people and the city. God relented, and, according to Jonah 4:1, it was just this which "displeased Jonah exceedingly". To paraphrase the next few verses, Jonah said, "Oh, no, Lord! This is exactly what I said back home was going to happen! This is why I ran off to Tarshish, because I know how merciful and softhearted you are! Oh, I'd rather die than see this day!" One strongly suspects that Jonah did not like being made to prophesy disaster, and then see his prophecy *not* come true when the Ninevites repented. Jonah, I believe, did not like looking like a fool.
|In Jonah's prophecy to the Ninevites, how much notice did he give them of the coming destruction?||BBB Bible Series: Jonah
Forty days. "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" (Jonah 3:4b, NKJV) This is all that we are told of Jonah's message, and yet the whole population of the city, from the king downwards, believed God's word and repented at once.
Enormous: it took three days to walk from one end to the other. "Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent." (Jonah 3:3b, NKJV)
Along with Babylon, Nineveh was founded by Nimrod (Genesis 10:11), on the Tigris river. Archaeologists tell us that the city wall was eight miles long, with fifteen massive gates in it. One of the mounds of Nineveh still bears a name which means, translated from the Arabic, 'The prophet Jonah'!
three days and nights. This may be found in Jonah 1:17. Later, when the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign that He came from God, Jesus told them that the only sign He would give them would be the "sign of Jonah". In Matthew 12:40 Jesus draws a direct parallel between Himself and Jonah, saying "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (NKJV)
God wanted it to. "Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah." (Jonah 1:17, NKJV) It was God's purpose that the fish should swallow Jonah. We also see in Jonah 2:10 that God "spoke to the fish" and, it is clearly implied, told it to spit Jonah up again.
|The crew realised that they had no alternative but to throw Jonah into the sea. After they threw him overboard and the sea calmed down, what did they do?||BBB Bible Series: Jonah
they offered a sacrifice to the Lord. When they saw the sea grow calm so dramatically, they 'greatly feared the Lord'.
Jonah's God, they could see, was Somebody not to be trifled with, as Jonah had done. They offered a sacrifice and made vows to Him (Jonah 1:16), doing their best to keep on His good side.
|Wanting to know who was the cause of their troubles, the crew of the ship cast lots. One person was pointed out; who was this?||BBB Bible Series: Jonah
Jonah. This very prophet is where modern English gets the expression 'a Jonah' from: it means the particular person who has brought bad luck, or a curse, into the group. The lot fell on Jonah (Jonah 1:7), and the sailors asked him what they should do, since it was Jonah's God who was angry, and perhaps Jonah knew why.
|When God caused a great storm to engulf the ship, and the sailors were doing everything they could to save the ship, Jonah was fast asleep, down in the lower decks. Who went to find Jonah? (Jonah 1:6)||BBB Bible Series: Jonah
the captain. The captain shook him awake and told Jonah to call on his God, as the others in the ship had all called upon theirs. Jonah's response to the captain is not stated, but he came up on deck.
|When Jonah heard God's call to go to Nineveh, he went to Joppa and took ship for where? (NKJV text)||BBB Bible Series: Jonah
Tarshish. You know where Tarshish was? Jonah started from Joppa and headed west (Jonah 1:3), along the entire length of the Mediterranean, towards the coast of Spain. But Nineveh lay across the desert to the east, in the opposite direction: on the Tigris river, north of the site of Babylon - in modern terms, it was in the northern part of Iraq, next door to Mosul. In short, Jonah could not have been any more disobedient if he tried - and he did!