Jonah Chapter 1 Discussion

  • Ron Colyer on Jonah 1:7
    God can use many things to get our attention and here he used a superstition to point His will.
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  • Voice golden4Him on Jonah 1
    What does it mean to cast lots? How is it done?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Jonah 1
    "To divination and casting of lots, they pay attention beyond any other people. Their method of casting lots is a simple one: they cut a branch from a fruit-bearing tree and divide it into small pieces which they mark with certain distinctive signs and scatter at random onto a white cloth. Then, the priest of the community if the lots are consulted publicly, or the father of the family if it is done privately, after invoking the gods and with eyes raised to heaven, picks up three pieces, one at a time, and interprets them according to the signs previously marked upon them.

    Divination is OCCULT and carries a death sentence.
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Not sure but I think it goes like this: 10 sticks with only one differant color than the others, hold all in one hand with the colored stick in the middle, let go and the colored stick points to the person in a circle. He is chosen for what purpose, I dont know. for something they agreed to , I would guess.
  • Queen bb on Jonah 1
    you should always follow god so you can help others and it might even be a angel you are helping
  • Golden eagle on Jonah 1
    Pssst, over here looks both ways Jonah represents YOU. All of us!
  • Adam - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Many of us try to run from God and that doesn't work out too well.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Jonah 1
    I ran away and the Lord had to almost kill me to get my attention.
    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
  • Bayardo Guevara - in Reply on Jonah 1
    He almost....did so for it's when you're lost than you're found, it's when you die than you're resurrected- and alive-in-christ .....! amen!
  • Watchman in Spirit - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Jonah knew he had done wrong and told them to throw him Overboard but God sent the Whale to Rescue him.We will reap the Evil we Sow this is our choice but its Gods Disapline so we will come to our Senses like the Prodical Son did and what a Wonderful Welcome Home. Satan puts us to the Test seeking for us to reject God and Worship him and uses his followers to hurt us too. In this fallen World we will also have hardship but God is Love and because He knows us as His own He Protects our Soul and not One of us will be lost. He also tells us in Lam3:33 He Doth Not Afflict Willingly nor Grieve the Children of Men. When God tests us its with Opertunities to Walk in The Fruit of The Spirit; Gal5.
  • Golden eagle on Jonah 1
    Jonah Chapters 1 & 2 Old Testament(God's law), Chapter 3 Resurrection, Chapter 4 New Testament(God's grace) & spread the word : )
  • Ronnie R on Jonah 1
    Jonah's attitude parallels the prodigal son's older brother, and typifies the jealous attitudes of many who hope for the punishment destruction of those who do not agree with them.
  • Vanessa on Jonah 1
    I would like to think God chuckled when he did this, Johans was stubborn he showed him, he's a good God, it all ties in with Jesus as well, he calmed the sea's , he was in the ground 3 days , you can see Peter here, lack of faith walking on water and sinking
  • Vanessa on Jonah 1
    Jonah didn't want them to repent why he refused to go, he didn't want them to be saved, he didn't like them, he would have perished then do the will of God , but God's will is his alone and it shall be done Amen
  • Maggie on Jonah 1
    I think the main lesson for us all in the story of Jonah is that we cannot run from God. God's will must be done one way or another.
  • Adam - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Good point!
  • Margaret rees - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Yes I know that. My point was that everyone seems to think that the book of Jonah is more about the Whale, or fish as the Bible says. Thank you for answering my question. God Bless you.
  • Golden eagle - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Nailed it!
  • Patricia - in Reply on Jonah 1
    How did Jonah breath in the whale belly? I assume that God kept him alive to do his will.
  • Chris - in Reply on Jonah 1
    Patricia, "the great fish" that God prepared to swallow up & accommodate Jonah would most likely be a mammal (like a whale, having no gills but lungs to breathe). So it is conjecture on my part, to think that whenever this fish came up for air, we have Jonah also taking in the oxygen simultaneously. Now, since a whale doesn't come up for air that often, one would think that there might have been sufficient oxygen in the fish's body to keep Jonah alive until the next inhalation.

    And yes, God had a great part in keeping his rebellious prophet alive in the fish, if for nothing more, than sustain him without food & water & to comfort him in his extraordinary surroundings.
  • Barbara20 on Jonah 1
    When Jesus was asked by the priests for a sign. Jesus replied, can you not decern the sign of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation, no sign but the Prophet Jonas, meaning Jonah was sent to warn Ninevah to repent. The city repented for forty days, In sackcloth, and God spared them.
  • A disciple on Jonah 1
    "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me." The wicked and the ungodly will scream and protest and seek every means to silence the servants of the LORD; but they don't know that it is of the LORD's mercies to warn them to repent, before they are finally brought to eternal judgment. We must see eye to eye with the LORD in all His purposes.
  • Cyrus on Jonah 1
    Jonah was a man who knew God despite his weaknesses ,he knew God will forgive Nineveh if they repent,because He is.God of mercy...people could have seen him as false prophet after what he proclaimed fails to happens, the last chapter of book of Jonah explain his character well.
  • Emanuel Fernandes on Jonah 1
    Gods commandments are simple read Romans obedience unto righteousness ( Niveneah) or sin unto death(sodom) God woudlve spared sodom but found no obedience unto righteousness apart from lot
  • A disciple on Jonah 1
    Christian Powell; What is the difference between Sodom and Nineveh? and why was one shown mercy and the other destroyed? The men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah: God's pronouncement of imminent destruction convicted them of their sins, and they responded appropriately. Although Sodom had Lot living among them, there wasn't one person who took it to heart. Read Ezekiel 16:49-50
  • Christian powell on Jonah 1
    The story of Jonah is clearly demonstrate Gods love to humanity, hi desire to save us and are not willing that we perish by his judgement. with this being the case, a question of thought comes to mind. what is the difference between Nineveh and Sodom and Gomorrah. How dose one explain Gods mercy for one but destruction for the other, his will to save one and destroy the other.
  • YoRick - in Reply on Jonah 1
    God said that he would turn a blind eye if Lot could find as few as 10 righteous people. At the day of wrath God said get your family and go: sons at least 2 daughters at least 2 that we knew were virgins wife, yourself, sons in law at least 2 also implies at least 2 NON-VIRGIN daugthers . Lets add that up: Including himself--2 2 1 1 2 2 10. Even THEN Lot only got 3 to leave with him.
  • Jen Howard - in Reply on Jonah 1
    The difference was repentance. God saved the people of Nineveh from the consequences of their own choices because they heard His word through the prophet and believed. They and their leader desired the mercy and grace of God more than they desired to continue in their carnal ways. They allowed the word and will of God to refine them, instead of rebelling against it.
  • BSP on Jonah 1
    In verse 9 I really appreciate how Jonah openly confessed his wrong. He took responsibility for his wrong actions.

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