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Jonah 4: Jonah's Anger

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Jonah.

Life is full of minor joys and irritations. Finding a parking place in rush hour can make us very happy. Finding a flat tire when we return can make us miserable. In chapter 4 we discover that Jonah also cared a great deal about life's little ups and downs. Although his petty passions seem amusing, they also invite us to reexamine what we really care about.

Warming Up to God

What little things irritate you or bring you joy?

Read Jonah 4

Discovering the Word

  • Why was Jonah greatly displeased and angry (vv. 1-3)?
  • Did these things give him any right to be angry (v. 4)? Explain.
  • Evidently the forty days had already passed (3:10). Why then do you think Jonah still waited to see what would happen to the city (v. 5)?
  • How does the Lord use the vine as an object lesson for Jonah (vv. 6-11)?
  • In what ways are we sometimes more concerned about petty things than about those under God's judgment?

Applying the Word

  • What can we do to begin seeing things more from God's perspective?
  • In your life, how have you seen God demonstrate the qualities Jonah mentions in 4:2?
  • How does God's treatment of you motivate you to reach out to those who don't know him?

Responding in Prayer

What have you learned from Jonah? Ask God to impress its message on your heart and life.

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