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The International Sunday school Lesson, KJV Commentary, Outline

May 21
Lesson 12 (KJV)
Forgiving Love
Devotional Reading: Acts 11:11–18
Background Scripture: Jonah 3; Nahum 1–3
Jonah 3
1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
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Key Verse
God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Jonah 3:10
God Loves Us
Unit 3: God’s Pervasive and Sustaining Love
Lessons 10–13
Lesson Aims
After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Describe the reactions of the people and king of Nineveh to Jonah’s message.
2. Explain God’s reaction to the Ninevites’ repentance.
3. Make a list of the actions and attitudes of repentance that he or she will model in the week ahead.
Lesson Outline
A. Limited-Time Offer
B. Lesson Background
I. Repeating the Commission (Jonah 3:1–4)
A. Mission Stated (vv. 1, 2)
B. Mission Begins (vv. 3, 4)
II. Reactions to the Message (Jonah 3:5–9)
A. By the People (v. 5)
B. By the King (vv. 6–9)
Preacher to King and Commoner
III. Response by God (Jonah 3:10)
Burn … or Turn?
A. The Need to Be Forgiven
B. Prayer
C. Thought to Remember





















What Do You Think?
How would you respond to a fellow Christian who says, “God is calling me to be a missionary to the great city of ”?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
If he or she asks for your counsel
If he or she does not ask for your counsel
What Do You Think?
How do we respond to the charge of “being judgmental” when we try to communicate the difficult message of God’s judgment?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
To fellow Christians
To unbelievers

What Do You Think?
What are some specific ways that leaders can encourage others to repent?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding what to say
Regarding personal transparency
Regarding personal example
What Do You Think?
What are some godly ways to respond after suffering violence at the hands of another?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Concerning requirements for forgiveness
In how we desire the judicial system to treat the perpetrator
In how we pray
What Do You Think?
When was a time God granted you another chance? How did you grow spiritually from that experience?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Concerning a family situation
Concerning a work/school situation
Concerning a sin is known only to you and God
What Do You Think?
What are some positive and negative aspects of the various ways that believers attempt to “mark” themselves as Christians?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding Christianized bumper stickers
Regarding Christianized clothing accessories
By keeping a Bible prominently visible at work


What Do You Think?
What should others see in us that demonstrates we believe Jesus may return at any time?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
In how we conduct relationships
In what we value
By the topics of our casual conversation

What Do You Think?
Which specific Scriptures help you most to remain faithful and not give up? Why?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Scriptures that promise
Scriptures that comfort
Scriptures that encourage
Scriptures that warn

Krause, Mark S., James B. North, and Ronald G. Davis. “Living Waters.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2016–2017. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson, Jim Eichenberger, and Margaret K. Williams. Vol. 64. Colorado Springs, CO: Standard Publishing, 2016. 103. Print.

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