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Jonah: Fiery Harbinger of Doom

Lesson 10 

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Spring 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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May 30, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Call urgently on the Lord, who loves to turn in compassion.

Bible Basis:

Jonah 3

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Call urgently on the Lord, who loves to turn in compassion.

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Music Video, Traditional: “Day by Day”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Let It Be Known” by Kevin LeVar
Music Video, Contemporary: “I Will Wait” by David Leonard
Guzik’s Commentary on Jonah 3
Barnes’s Commentary on Jonah 3
Gill’s Exposition of Jonah 3

Memory Verse:

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
—Jonah 3:10

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

COMPASSION FOR THE HURTING
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. This May, one couple was dining at a restaurant in Buffalo, NY, and noticed a semicolon tattoo on the wrist of their server, Katie Battel. A semicolon is used when a writer could’ve chosen to end a sentence but chose not to; in the same way, a semicolon tattoo shows that the person has chosen not to end his or her life. The couple left a nice tip for Katie and a note saying they were so glad she was still here. What they didn’t know was that Katie’s suicidal thoughts had returned lately. “It was just like a sign,” she told a reporter. “Like, ‘Hey, girl, we know you’re going through it again, but … here’s a little boost to help you keep going.’ ” An act of compassion helped give this young woman a future.

COMPASSION FOR THE SINFUL
When Jonah finally preached God’s message of doom in the heart of Nineveh, he could hardly have guessed the city’s reaction. While he was still hoping for them to reject God’s warning and suffer His judgment, they took the prophecy seriously. From the king in his palace to the lowliest livestock, all put on sackcloth and fasted, together begging the Lord to show compassion on them and turn His wrath away.

Questions

  • When you hear the words Mental Health Awareness Month, who or what comes to mind?
  • What’s a dark outcome you or someone else turned from, and what caused the change?
  • Do you regularly pray for those who hurt you? Explain your answer.

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