Jonah 2: Inside a Big Fish (and why you should tell people about Jesus now...)

Study Notes

  • What was this week’s sermon about?
  • Has anything challenged you this week?

Read Jonah 1 & 2

  • What has God asked Jonah to do?
  • Why did Jonah head in the opposite direction?
  • In heading for Tarshish Jonah was trying to get as far away from God as possible. In what ways is it possible / impossible to get away from God?
  • What do you think God was thinking when he sent the storm in verse 4? Was it punishment, as the sailors seemed to think? Was it persuasion? Was it simply the consequences of not living the way God intended?
  • Has God ever asked you to do something that you REALLY didn’t want to do? What happened?
  • God has our best interests at heart and he wants us to flourish. Why then does he give us free will? (You may like to consider what life would be like if we were forced to love and obey God, or if we were created without the ability to make our own choices.)
  • Chapter 2 is written from inside a fish! Yet it is a prayer of thanksgiving (see verse 9). How is it that Jonah is able to be thankful in those circumstances?
  • How do your life circumstances influence how easy or difficult it is for you to be thankful?
  • Why do you think we sometimes have to sink so low before we remember God?
  • In asking Jonah to preach in Nineveh, God is seeking repentance – and therefore forgiveness and salvation – for a notoriously evil group of people. How do you feel about God seeking forgiveness for people you consider evil?
  • How about people who you may not consider totally evil, but you just don’t like?