Day 38

Jonah

from the This Is the Old Testament reading plan


Jonah 1:3, Jonah 3:6-10, Jonah 4:1-11, Luke 15:1-10, John 12:31-32, Acts 1:8, Romans 5:6-11


This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll continue looking at the Minor Prophets.

What Is Jonah? The book of Jonah is a prophetic narrative that recounts the events surrounding Jonah’s call to preach to the people of Nineveh. It includes the prophet’s time in the belly of a fish, his reluctant message to a repentant Nineveh, and his disappointment with God’s mercy toward the people of this ancient Assyrian city.

How Jonah Fits Into the Story: The book of Jonah shows that God’s gift of salvation is offered not just to Israel, but to the whole world. It displays God’s power over nature and the futility of ignoring His instruction. Jonah’s time in the fish foreshadows Jesus’s burial and resurrection, pointing to Christ’s ultimate fulfillment of the salvation Jonah himself preached.

Reflection Questions:
1. Why do you think Jonah was angered by Nineveh’s repentance? What root sin was at the heart of his actions?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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  1. Morgan J. says:

    The story of Jonah teaches us that our concern for the spiritual well-being of other’s and God’s ultimate plan for salvation is not limited by our perceived in-groups and out-groups. The sin of pride and contempt provide us an excuse to only show love and compassion to those we love. Jesus was not having any of this. In Luke, chapter 6, Jesus calls out this behavior by saying “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” The passage ends with Jesus describing God as kind to the ungrateful and the evil and with a command to “love your enemies, and do good” and “be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” The next time we are tempted to judge who is worthy of God’s love and mercy, may we be reminded of this command and the mercy that is extended to us each and every morning.

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