Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Resent – Jonah 4


1.    This was Jonah’s problem: When violent people repent, should God’s forgiveness ever include removing the consequences of their actions?  In what ways do you/have you struggled with that same question if there are people in your life who have sinned against you and seemingly gotten away with it?

2.    God appeared to be “evil” to Jonah because he relented from destroying the city. 

a.    It’s important for Jonah to be honest, but is it “OK” for Jonah to accuse God of evil or is it a sin?

b.    In what way does Jonah’s accusation of God show a lack of faith in God?

3.    Is it right to resent God for being merciful to people who don’t deserve it? (v.4)

a.    Why is it not right?

b.    What Biblical truth about your own relationship with Jesus must you remind yourself of as you answer that question?

c.    How does looking at the cross help you deal with that inner struggle?

4.    Is it right to resent God for being stern to those who serve him? (v.9).

a.    What is Jonah’s main problem?

b.    How is God dealing with Jonah’s main problem?

c.    How does God use his decision not to destroy Nineveh to bring out Jonah’s main problem?

d.    What attribute of God is the beginning of God’s solution to Jonah’s main problem?

e.    What aspect of the passion of Christ most pointedly portrays that attribute of God?

5.    Is it right to resent God for being pitiful on people who are not responsible?

a.    How does God use the plant to show Jonah that he has every right to not destroy the children and the animals in Nineveh?

b.    How does God use the plant to show Jonah that his priorities are wrong and that God has a wise plan for what he is doing?

c.    How confident are you that the enthroned Christ is doing everything perfectly well in your life?