Family Life - Week 3
Key Scripture: Jonah 1:1-3 (DPT)
1 And the Word of the LORD came to Jonah, son of Amittai saying: 2 “Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because their evil has come to my attention.” 3 And Jonah got up so that he could run to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship that was going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down into the boat so that he could go with the sailors to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Key Scripture: Jonah 1:4-5 (DPT)
4 After they had set sail the LORD threw a powerful wind onto the sea. There was a violent storm on the sea – so wild and rough that the ship thought it was going to break into pieces. 5 The sailors feared for their lives and began praying out-loud to their gods as they threw the cargo overboard in order to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship, laid down, and fell into a deep sleep.
Key Scripture: Jonah 1:6-9 (DPT)
6 So the captain went down to get Jonah and woke him shouting: “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray to your god! Maybe your god will take notice of us and spare our lives.” 7 Then the crew said to each other: “Let’s cast lots to see who is at fault for this awful storm coming upon us.” They cast the lot and Jonah loss the toss. 8 Then they said to him: “Tell us, you who is at fault for this terrible storm! What do you do for a living? Where are you from? What country do you come from and what nationality are you?” 9 Jonah answered them: “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, the one who made the sea and the land.
Key Scripture: Jonah 1:10-13 (DPT)
10 The crew became extremely frightened when they heard this. “How could you do this?!” they groaned in disbelief. You see, the men knew that Jonah was running from the presence of the LORD because he had told them so. 11 The storm was becoming increasingly violent so the crew asked Jonah: “What should we do to you so that the storm will stop its raging?” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea.” Jonah answered. “Then the storm will stop, because I know that I am the reason that this storm has come upon you.” 13 When the sailors heard this they dug in even harder in an effort to get the boat to shore. But they could not make it because the storm was raging even more wildly against them.
Key Scripture: Jonah 1:14-16 (DPT)
14 Then the whole crew prayed to the LORD pleading: “Dear LORD we ask you please, do not hold us responsible for this man’s life and kill us or punish us. O LORD, the sea is yours to control and you do everything you do for your own good reasons.” 15 So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea. The storm stopped as soon as Jonah hit the water. 16 The sailors were completely amazed by the LORD’s power. And they worshipped the LORD with a sacrifice and made vows to serve him.
Key Scripture: Jonah 1:17 (DPT)
17 Now the LORD commanded a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
Key Scripture: Jonah 2:1-9 (DPT)
1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. 2 This is what he prayed: “I cried out of my trouble to the LORD and he responded to me. From the belly of the dead I cried out for help and you heard my voice. 3 You threw me into the deep – into the heart of the sea. The current surrounded me and all your violent waves and surging tides swept over me. 4 But I said, ‘I have been driven from your presence. Despite this, I will again see your holy temple.’ 5 The water enclosed my life. The deep surrounded me and the weeds wrapped around my head. 6 I sank to the roots of the mountains and the earth imprisoned me forever. But you raised my life from the pit of death, O LORD my God. 7 When my life was fading away from me I remembered the LORD. My prayer went up to you – into your holy temple. 8 Those who worship false gods don’t understand your love and mercy. 9 But I am thankful! And I will surely sacrifice to you and do what I have promised to do. Deliverance belongs to the LORD!”
Key Scripture: Jonah 2:10 (DPT)
10 Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it spit Jonah to the dry land.
Key Scripture: Jonah 3:1-3 (DPT)
1 And the Word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time saying: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh and preach to them the message that I will speak to you.” 3 So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh just as the LORD had told him to.
Key Scripture: Jonah 3:4 (DPT)
Now Nineveh was an important city to God. A city so large that it took three days to see. 4 Jonah started to enter the city and on the first day he preached: “In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed!”
Key Scripture: Jonah 3:4 (DPT)
5 The people of Nineveh believed in God. So they decided to fast and wear sackcloth. From the most important to the least important they all showed their repentance in this way. 6 Word of Jonah’s message reached the king. When he heard about it he got down off his throne, took off his royal clothes, put on sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 Then the king made this law saying: “In Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles, no human or animal – nothing that lives – will be allowed to eat or drink anything. 8 Instead, everyone – both human and animal – must be covered with sackcloth and pray to God with all his strength. Everyone must turn away from his sins and the violent acts that they commit. 9 Who knows, God may turn back and relent. And he may walk away from his burning anger so that we do not die.”
Key Scripture: Jonah 3:10 (DPT)
10 And God saw everything that they did, and that they turned away from their sins. So God walked away from his burning anger and relented. He did not destroy the city as he had spoken through Jonah.
Key Scripture: Jonah 4:1-4 (DPT)
1 Jonah became infuriated when he saw that God had walked away from his anger and did not destroy the city. His anger burned within him. 2 So he prayed to the LORD. Complaining he said: “O come on LORD! Isn’t this exactly what I said would happen while I was still at home?! This is precisely why I tried to run to Tarshish! I know that you are a gracious and compassionate God! One who is slow to get angry and full of love and mercy. I knew you would walk away from your burning anger and not destroy them! 3 Please LORD, kill me now, because I would rather be dead than to see these people receive your mercy and watch my words not come true.” 4 And the LORD said, “Is it right that this makes you so angry?”
Key Scripture: Jonah 4:5-9 (DPT)
5 Jonah left the city and sat down on the east side of the city under a booth that he had made. He sat there in the shade of his booth, waiting to see what would happen to the city. 6 So the LORD God commanded a plant to grow. The plant grew up over Jonah and shaded him in order to keep him from burning. And Jonah was extremely grateful for the plant. 7 Then God commanded a worm to attack the plant. The next morning the worm went to the plant and attacked it so that the plant withered. 8 So when the sun became hot, God commanded a scorching east wind to blow. The sun and the wind attacked Jonah and burned on his head until he grew faint, begging to die. Pleading he said, “death is better than life”. 9 And God said to Jonah, “Is it right that you are angry about the plant?” Jonah snapped back: “Yes it is right for me to be angry – angry enough to die!”
Key Scripture: Jonah 4:10-11 (DPT)
10 So the LORD said to Jonah: “You had compassion on the plant, even though you didn’t do any work to plant it and you did not cause it to grow. It only lasted for a single day! 11 Shouldn’t I have compassion on the great city of Nineveh, where there are more than 120,000 people who have so little knowledge and understanding of me – plus many animals.