Jonah 3 Outline
– Jonah preached to the Ninevites and they repented
Jonah 3 Summary
After Jonah was spat out by the fish on the shore, God asked him to go to Nineveh and preach the message of repentance to the people. Jonah obeyed God and went to Nineveh to preach the message. The city of Nineveh is so large that it took three days for Jonah to walk through it. Jonah warned the people that God will destroy Nineveh in 40 days if they did not repent from their sins. After the people heard Jonah’s message, they immediately fasted and wore sackcloth to show their sorrowfulness.
The king also heard the message and wore sackcloth to show his sorrowfulness for his sins. The king declared that no one is to eat or drink on that day. He ordered them to wear sackcloth and put sackcloth on the animals. The king asked his people to pray to the Lord God to forgive their sins so that he may change his mind and not destroy them. When God saw that the people had stopped sinning, he changed his mind and decided not to destroy Nineveh.
Jonah 3 Bible Study
1. Repentance involves taking action
Jonah was no longer eager to disobey God. Once he is delivered from the fish’s stomach, he changed his mind and proceeded to do what God had called him to do. From this, we learned that repentance is not just a change of our minds but it involves taking actions. It also teaches us that God sometimes purposely put obstacles in our ways so that we can learn from our lessons and draw near to him.
As God’s servant, you must do whatever God calls you to do. The Ninevites not only fasted but they cry to God to forgive their sins. The sack clothes that the Ninevites wore were made from camel fur and in black color. The sackcloth covered the entire body from the head to the toe. Wearing sackcloth means the people were really sad and sorry for their sins. The people were responsive to Jonah’s message. They immediately stop sinning and this prevents God from destroying their cities.