Book of Jonah: Prophet with Attitude
While children might think of the Book of Jonah as a ‘whale of a tale’, adults have found it a much more complex story complete with parallel chapters that compare and contrast how Jonah works with ‘pagans’ such as the sailors and Ninevites. Bible prophets are usually the moral backbone of their communities but Jonah is cut from a different cloth. Although he teaches us much about prayer and forgiveness, we learn primarily from Jonah’s negative example. Every Bible study plan should include Jonah as a kind of reverse role-model, showing the consequences of what happens when we don’t listen to God. As the only parable in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Book of Jonah teaches much about yielding to God’s will and how our individual spiritual journey can impact others. This talk shows where Jonah appears on the Bible history timeline. It also discusses Christ Jesus’ reference to Jonah’s three days in the belly, comparing it to his upcoming three days in the tomb. Jonah is one of the great Old Testament stories and demands that we ask tough questions about the Bible and its teachings. Enjoy this audio lecture in CD format or MP3 instant digital download. Runtime: 34 minutes
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