Lesson 4 – Jonah 3:1-10 (KJV)

Preaching, Repentance, & Forgiveness

1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Important Doctrines Being Taught:

#1 – God does not need willing servants in order to act.

#2 – The preaching of the Word of God has the power to convict men. Nothing else in needed.

#3 – Repentance requires more than a verbal declaration of repentance, it also requires a change of deeds.

#4 – God has the power to punish, and he has the power to pardon. He does as he pleases.

#5 – God is interested in what we do, not in just what we say

Comprehension Questions:

#1 – What did God tell Jonah to do now that he was out of the belly of the great fish?

#2 – What was the message that God wanted Jonah to preach to Nineveh?

#3 – Did the people believe Jonah?

#4 – What did the king do when he heard the message from Jonah?

#5 – What did the king command the people to do?

#6 – What did the king hope would happen if his people would cry out to God and cease from their sins?

#7 – Did Jonah’s actions prove that he was truly repentant?

#8 – Who was going to destroy Nineveh?

#9 – How do we know that the people believed God?

#10 – Did the Ninevites want justice or mercy from God? What is the difference?

True or False Questions:

#1 – Because Jonah was unwilling to preach to the Ninevites, God let Jonah go back home.

#2 – God wanted Jonah to beg the Ninevites to love God and to stop being bad, because He loved them and wanted to give them rewards.

#3 – The Ninevites demanded that Jonah prove what he was saying was true before they would believe him.

#4 – All the people of Nineveh believed the Word of God spoken by Jonah.

#5 – The Ninevites said they believed God, but did not change how they lived.