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Study on The Book of Jonah - Six Jonah Bible Study Lessons Online - FREE — Lesson 1

Chapter 1:1-12
1. Who is Jonah son of Amittai? (see 2 Kings 14:25)
(a) A judge sent by God to deliver Israelites from oppression
(b) A servant of God, the prophet from Gath Hepher, whose prophecy came true
(c) A servant of God, the prophet from Gath Hepher, whose prophecy did not come true
2. Considering the background information on this study, why might Jonah have run away from the LORD?
(a) He may have feared for his personal safety if he went to Nineveh
(b) He may have feared rejection by his fellow Israelites for helping their enemies
(c) He knew it was easy to hide from the LORD
3. Which two things enabled Jonah to sail for Tarshish?
(a) He found a ship heading there
(b) He borrowed the money to pay the fare
(c) He had the money to pay the fare
4. What three things did the sailors do to try to save the ship BEFORE they threw Jonah overboard?
(a) Threw the cargo into the sea
(b) Did their best to row back to land
(c) They lowered an extra anchor
(d) Each one cried out to his own god
5. Whose fault was it that the violent storm arose?
(a) The sailors, because they were pagans
(b) Jonah, because he was disobeying God
(c) God, because he sent a hurricane
6. What brought terror to the sailors?
(a) The violent storm and winds
(b) Jonah's answer that he worshiped the God of heaven, who made the sea and land
(c) Jonah's ability to sleep during the storm
7. Jonah was willing to give up his own life in order to save
(a) the valuable cargo
(b) the pagan sailors
(c) God's mission
8. What other options could Jonah have chosen besides being thrown into the sea?
(a) None, no other choices existed
(b) repented and asked the sailors to return him to Joppa
9. While Jonah acknowledged his error in verse 12, was his request to be thrown into the sea an act of repentance?
(a) Yes, because he was willing to die for his mistake
(b) No, because he was willing to die as punishment for his mistake RATHER than obey God and go to Nineveh
10. Life application: In what ways might we also, like Jonah, try to run away from God or from His will for our life?
11. Life application: How might we prefer to risk consequences for disobeying God instead of obeying God?