Jonah is one of the most well-known & well-loved stories of the Bible.
After all, what’s not to love? It is a story packed with suspense & intrigue. It includes surprising twists & turns—could anything be more surprising than finding yourself in the belly of a big fish? It is about a man on the run who seems to learn his lesson. But, in the end, we’re left wondering if he learned anything at all.
It is incredibly well-written & well-crafted. As Desmond Alexander has said, “The book of Jonah is undoubtably one of the masterpieces of biblical literature.”
It is a story for young & old, the learned & the not-so-learned, the Sunday school teachers & the top-rate theologians. And all the while, it is a little book about a big God of great mercy.
We are excited about taking a closer look at Jonah over the next 5 weeks.
If you want to read ahead, below is the preaching schedule.
July 14—Jonah 1:1–6, Man on the Run
July 21—Jonah 1:7–16, Man Overboard!
July 28—Jonah 1:17–2:10, Man Drowning
August 5—Jonah 3:1–10, Man Turning
August 12—Jonah 4:1–11, Man Angry
If you want to read further, below are some helpful resources about Jonah.
Running From Mercy by Tony Carter
Man Overboard! by Sinclair Ferguson
The Prodigal Prophet by Tim Keller
Jonah by Hugh Martin