Station #4 Jonah 1:11-17

This week we talked about taking responsibility for your decisions. Do you remember the last time you confessed to doing something wrong?  As we read verses 11-17 of Jonah chapter 1, we discover that God’s loving pursuit and discipline leads to conviction and confession in our lives. Not only that, but God’s mercy and grace is immensely great and unexpected.

“I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” (verse 12)

Has it ever been ‘all your fault’?  Two things that Jonah realizes, here:
  1. Jonah recognizes it’s his fault, and other people have suffered the consequence of his actions.
  2. He also recognizes and admits that he has sinned against God. He knows the way to stop it is to turn himself in to the LORD who is causing the storm.
We feel bad when our sin affects others, but think about how our sin has affected Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever may believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The men feared the LORD exceedingly when the storm was calmed, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows. Mark 4:35-41 tells of another time when a storm was calmed, and people feared the Lord exceedingly. Jesus calmed the storm, and the disciples were “filled with great fear,” reverence, respect, and wonder at the power and majesty of God.
God used Jonah’s disobedience to bring Himself glory
God uses your love and obedience to God to give Him glory. He also can use your rebellion and poor choices for His glory, as an example to other people, believers and non-believers. You can either join in on the blessing, or face the consequences of your actions, but either way, God is going to get the glory.
As we summarize Jonah Chapter 1, consider his rebellion:
  • He disobeyed a direct command from the LORD
  • He did not care to love people from another race and background (refused to see everyone as equal, sinners before a holy God)
  • He actively ran away from God, trusting in his own strength and wisdom
What we learn through the narrative of Jonah:
  • You can’t run away from God (Psalm 139:7-12)
  • We are all God’s creation, sinners who have gone astray (Romans 3:10)
  • God will use us for His glory no matter our actions. We will either be blessed in obedience or suffer consequences by disobeying (Romans 8:28)

Where are you in all of this?Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” God uses His Word to reveal in our hearts where we are at fault. 

Another amazing and wonderful thing about the Word of God: it also tells us of His great love, mercy, and grace for us. 
(Verse 17) After admission and consequence, there is still grace. Jonah was expecting death. God was expecting life and believing in Jonah. 
You may be expecting some bad things in life. God loves you, He is for you, and He is expecting you to wake up and live.

Relative passages in Scripture:

  • Mark 4:35-41 Parallels of Jesus calming the storm
  • Matthew 12:38-42 Jesus confirms the narrative of Jonah
  • Psalm 51 – a Psalm of confession and repentance
Discussion questions to ask throughout the week:
  • When was the last time something was all your fault? Was it an embarrassing, funny situation or a serious one?
  • Do you think the story of Jonah and fish really happened? How do you think he survived in a fish for 3 days?
  • When you pray, do you confess your sins to God? (Lead your family in prayer, confession your sins)
  • How did your week at school go? Rate it on a scale of 1-10, and tell me why.


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