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The International Sunday school Lesson, Outline

May 28
Lesson 13 (KJV)
Pervasive Love
Devotional Reading: Psalm 86:8–13
Background Scripture: Jonah 4
Jonah 4
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.
6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:
11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
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Key Verse
Should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
Jonah 4:11
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. Summarize Jonah’s reactions to God’s sparing of Nineveh.
2. Explain why Jonah was not pleased at the success of his preaching.
3. Participate in a class project that reaches to a group having racial or cultural differences.
Lesson Outline
Introduction
A. The Fighting Deacon
B. Lesson Background
I. Jonah’s Pettiness (Jonah 4:1–4)
A. Reaction and Reminder (vv. 1, 2)
B. Request and Question (vv. 3, 4)
II. Jonah’s Protection (Jonah 4:5–8)
A. Hut and Plant (vv. 5, 6)
Ready and Acting
B. Worm and Wind (vv. 7, 8)
III. God’s Pronouncements (Jonah 4:9–11)
A. Question and Response (v. 9)
Flying Off the Handle
B. Rebuke and Reason (vv. 10,11)
Conclusion
A. Running Ahead of God
B. Prayer
C. Thought to Remember
HOW TO SAY IT
Assyria

Uh-sear-ee-uh.

Assyrian

Uh-sear-e-un.

Galilee

Gal-uh-lee.

Gathhepher

Gath-hee-fer.

Jonah

Jo-nuh.

Mediterranean

Med-uh-tuh-ray-nee-un.

Nazareth

Naz-uh-reth.

Nicodemus

Nick-uh-dee-mus.

Nineveh

Nin-uh-vuh.

Ninevites

Nin-uh-vites.

Tarshish

Tar-shish.


What Do You Think?
How can we avoid feeling resentful when God extends His mercy to others?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
When extended to backslidden Christians
When extended to those who have heard and rejected the gospel
When extended to those who have never heard the gospel


What Do You Think?
What are some steps to take for moving from anger to mercy?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Considering how God himself does so
Considering how God has treated us
Considering our motives
Other

What Do You Think?
What can we do to improve our helping skills in preparing to be God’s instrument of comfort to others?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
For counseling adults
For counseling teenagers
For counseling preteens


Visual for Lesson 13. Start a discussion by pointing to this visual as you ask, “What are some ways to meet this challenge in the week ahead?”
8. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

What Do You Think?
What can we do to prepare for times that will be difficult to endure?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding emotional preparations
Regarding spiritual preparations
Regarding physical preparations
Other


What Do You Think?
What Christian ministries can your church offer to those of the nearest “great city”?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Considering demographic factors
In terms of priorities
In terms of defining ministry
Other




KJV King James Version

 Pelfrey, Lloyd M. et al. “Pervasive Love.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2016–2017. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson, Jim Eichenberger, and Margaret K. Williams. Vol. 64. Colorado Springs, CO: Standard Publishing, 2017. 329. Print.

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