Readings for November 11 to 17

God Sends Jonah to Nineveh

November 11, 2012

Jonah l:1-17 ; 3: l-10 (4: 1-11)

Key Verses: “The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.” Jonah 3:1-3a

Time: Written sometime after 612 B.C.E.

Since Last Week: Elijah spent a long time running and hiding from Jezebel. Finally, Elijah pronounced a wicked judgment on Jezebel, which came to pass after Elijah’s ascension. When God took Elijah to heaven on a chariot, Elisha took over as prophet. The Northern and Southern Kingdoms continued to be ruled by kings who refused to live according to God’s ways. Amos, Hosea. Isaiah, and Micah were prophets who spoke out against the kingdoms in God’s name.

Background: Jonah was likely written after the division of the kingdom and Israel’s defeat by the Assyrians, and before the exile of Judah. Nineveh was in Assyria, so proclaiming the Lord’s word to the empire that defeated Israel would have been distasteful to Jonah. When God relented from punishing Assyria, Jonah became angry and berated God for God’s goodness.

Community: What country or countries do you most dislike? Why? How will you treat these neighbors knowing that God has asked you to love and serve people there?

At Home: When have you been angry with God for being generous with a person or people that you felt deserved punishment? What could you do to show love, rather than anger or hatred?


Read This Week:

Monday: Zephaniah Prophesies against the Kingdoms, Zephaniah 1:14-18

Tuesday: Nahum Prophesies of God’s Wrath, Nahum 1:1-l l

Wednesday: Habakkuk Prophesies and Prays, Habakkuk 3:1-19

Thursday: God Calls Jeremiah, Jeremiah 1:1-19

Friday: Ezekiel Sees a Vision, Ezekiel 1:1-28

Saturday: The Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:l-14

Next Week: God Calls Isaiah, Isaiah  6:l-8

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