The Sign of Jonah

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The Sign of Jonah

Date: June 2, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Luke 11:29 |

Series:

In Luke 11:29 Jesus responded to the "evil generation's" request for a sign, not with a miraculous one, but a scriptural one. Jonah's "three days and three nights" in the fish, followed by his "resurrection" prefigure Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. Not only that, Jonah was willing to lay down his life for the sailors, as Jesus was willing to lay down His life for us. Jonah's  death calmed the storm that raged against the sailors, prefiguring Jesus' death calming the storm of God's wrath that rages against us.

Lesson 1: Jonah is a sign of Jesus’:

  • (Part I) __________ (Luke 11:29; Jonah 1:17).
  • (Part II) ____________ (Matt 12:40; Jonah 2:1-2, 6; Acts 2:24-27).
  • (Part III): Resurrection ____ ______ __________ ______ (Jon 2:10; Luke 24:46; 1 Cor 15:4).

Lesson 2: __________ ____________________ Jesus’ substitutionary atonement (Jon 1:6, 12-14; John 3:16; Rom 5:1).

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Memory Verses: Luke 11:29

Day 1: Read Luke 11:29, Matthew 12:40 and discuss: When the “evil generation” in Jesus’ day asked for a sign, why didn’t Jesus perform another miracle for them? How was Jonah a sign of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection to that generation? What words in Jonah 1:17 make us think of Jesus and the Gospel?

Day 2: Read Jonah 2:1-6, Acts 2:24-27 and discuss: What are the Old and New Testament names for the temporary abode of the dead? In the Old Testament, where did people not go when they died, and where did they go? Where was Jesus between His death and resurrection? How do we know He didn’t go to heaven? What parts of Jonah 2 make the prophet look like he’s dead? Why is this language used?

Day 3: Read Jonah 1:6-14 and discuss: How does Jonah prefigure Jesus’ substitutionary atonement? Instead of throwing Jonah into the sea, the sailors rowed harder. What does that picture? What does the storm picture? How is the storm calmed that rages against us? How did the sailors avoid perishing, and how do we avoid perishing?

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