Lesson 5 – Jonah 4:1-6 (KJV)

A Gracious God, an Angry Man, and A Gourd

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?

5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

Important Doctrines Being Taught:

#1 – God is gracious.

#2 – God is merciful.

#3 – God is slow to anger.

#4 – God has great kindness.

#5 – God enjoys repenting, or refraining from punishing repentant men.

#6 – God is kind even to those that despise His judgements.

Comprehension Questions:

#1 – Was Jonah happy that the Ninevites had repented of their sins and had asked for God to forgive them?

#2 – Why did Jonah try to run away from God in the first place?

#3 – Why did Jonah tell God he wanted to die?

#4 – What did God ask Jonah about how he felt toward the Ninevites?

#5 – Why did Jonah sit on the east side of the city?

#6 – Why did a gourd grow right where Jonah was sitting?

#7 – Did the gourd make Jonah happy?

#8 – Did Jonah want God to forgive the Ninevites the same way he was forgiven by God?

#9 – Did Jonah think that Jonah would forgive the Ninevites? How do we know?

True or False Questions:

#1 – Jonah was happy to see the Ninevites repent of their sins and turn to God for mercy.

#2 – Jonah ran away from God because he hoped that he did not want God to forgive the Ninevites.

#3 – Jonah declared God to be full of grace, mercy, and slow to anger.

#4 – God was kind to Jonah even when Jonah was angry with His decisions.

#5 – Jonah’s experience with the Whale made him want forgiveness for other people like himself that disobeyed God.