Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer.
1. Keller says, “An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, ‘If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure’ ” (Counterfeit Gods, xviii). What are some things in life from which you might be drawing an inordinate amount of self-worth, personal value, or even a sense of security?
2. What are some ways in which people can mask totally depraved lives and fool themselves about their own ability to handle life apart from God’s help? What are some dreadful things the Lord uses to awaken people to the truth about the desperation of their situations and their need for Him?“
3. Often it is difficult for us to visualize our loving, good, and kind Lord as one full of this much fury! Yet this rebellious servant experiences the loving discipline of a Father who does not wish for His children to err or stray.” How does this statement compare with your view of your heavenly Father? Share a time when you have looked at a difficulty in life as a sovereign act of loving, Fatherly discipline.
4. Why can Jonah expect to see the Lord in His temple after such great disobedience? How does this reveal the majesty of God and the glory of Christ?
5. How does Jonah compare to Christ in this chapter? What might this comparison reveal about how we should read the storyline of Scripture?
6. How has your own thanksgiving for your salvation led to greater proclamation of the gospel to unbelievers? What might this say about the value you place on being rescued from sin? What might this also reveal about your understanding of your true situation prior to your salvation?
7. There are many people in the world worshiping false gods, even erecting physical objects as idols of worship. What might Jonah 2 be saying about how we should proclaim the gospel to such people? What is the message we must commend, and what are messages we must tell them to reject?
8. Do you think it is right for the gospel message to be so exclusive? In light of the work of Christ, what makes exclusivity—“Salvation is from the Lord”—just and holy? How does Romans explain the justice of God in the salvation of people (Rom 3:21–26)?
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