The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
Sermon on Jonah 3:5-10 for Lent 6, about the repentance of Nineveh, and our repentance.
For Holy Week read Jonah 4:1-11 and ask yourself:
1) Why is Jonah upset?
2) How often has the prosperity of another gotten under your skin? Have you found yourself feeling like Jonah who is “exceedingly displeased” and angry that God relents from bringing disaster upon the Ninevites?
3) How does God’s grace being given to another person assure you of his grace toward you?
Also read Matthew 12:38-42
1) The one sign which Jesus says will be provided is the sign of Jonah (a three day and three night confinement). To what two great events does Jesus’ three day and three night confinement refer?
2) How is Jesus similar to, and yet greater than Jonah?