|Bible Study on the Book of Jonah
The title Out of Darkness is inspired by the events from the book of Jonah but comes from the
scripture found in 1 Peter chapter two verse nine. It states, “But you are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of
Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” The Lord wanted to motivate His
people during Peter’s time to change and become what He desired. God had a high standard
of living in mind for Peter’s audience whom He called chosen, royal, and holy. Although this
was the case for Peter, a similar call to action was given during Jonah’s time. God wanted the
Assyrians in Nineveh to transform their behavior and mindset. Nineveh had an assortment of
bad behavior, violence, and crimes committed to their own people and other countries. Due to
these acts, God was willing to destroy them much like Sodom and Gomorrah [Genesis 19].
Despite this, God gave them a chance to repent and change. To invoke this modification, the
Lord sent one of His prophets, Jonah, and instructed him to go and preach to Nineveh. Jonah
had his own plans.
This Bible study goes through a brief portion of Jonah’s life and ministry as he decided to alter
God’s plans with his own. Despite Jonah’s actions God used him to save thousands, even
though, the prophet was not up to the mission. When reading and studying Out of Darkness
think about God’s goals to save the world. This not only includes those who worship and
proclaim His name but many who defame Him and believe that He does not exist. There are
millions if not billions living now in whom God wants to give an opportunity for a better life. His
compassion towards modern day society is no different from the love shown to the Israelites
and Assyrians. This book is to help encourage all those studying it to become the person that
God desires and fulfill the responsibility He has given you.
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