Bible Journey > Jonah

Here are my thoughts and highlights from Jonah as I continue my journey through the Bible:

  • Jonah lived during the reign of Jeroboam II (786-746 BC)
  • Jonah is mentioned in 2 Kings 14:25
  • This book as a narrative, is stylistically different from the other minor prophets
  • The Sailors are angry at Jonah, but reluctant to kill him. They worship God as a result of the events
  • Jonah prays that he’s been made alive even while still in the belly of the fish
  • God “changed his mind” when he saw the repentance of Ninevah
    • Other prophets preached “Repent or be exiled”
    • Their words must’ve not been very convincing because the people didn’t repent
    • Jonah must have preached some pretty convincing words to inspire such a large scale repentance
  • Being a Christian is not a guard against bad things
    • Jonah who knew God well enough to predict his actions
    • and whose prayers are powerful enough to be saved from the belly of a fish
    • and whose preaching is powerful
    • still suffered suicidal depression.

1 Response to “Bible Journey > Jonah”


  1. 1 Sarah Chia July 9, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to say that just cause Jonah wanted to die that he was suicidal. He asked God to kill him, which isn’t really the same thing as saying that he wanted to kill himself.

    Really, Paul’s a better example of suicidal thoughts, if you ask me.

    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith.” Philippians 1:21-25


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