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Sheet #E to do in class

#9 Comprehensive Book Analysis

Chapter Analysis: — Jonah 4

During class time, the students are to find the answer to the following question: Whatis the deep significance of the gourd, the worm, the sun and the east wind?

The answer to this question or riddle can be found in cross references by usingStrong’s Concordance. If you do not have one, you can find one at a library or borrowone from your pastor.

Give each student a copy of each of the following pages copied from Strong’sConcordance:

=1= The page that shows Jonah 4:7 and Psa 22:6 listed under the word, worm.The number to the right of these two references is 8438.

=2= The page that shows the Hebrew listing of Strong’s reference number 8438in the Hebrew Dictionary in the back of Strong’s Concordance

=3= The page that shows the Jonah 4 listings under the word, gourd. Thenumber to the right of these references is 7021.

=4= The page that shows the Hebrew listing of Strong’s reference number 7021in the Hebrew Dictionary in the back of Strong’s Concordance.

=5= The page that shows Jonah 4:8 under the word, wind. The number to theright of this reference is 7307.

=6= The page that shows the Hebrew listing of Strong’s reference 7307in the Hebrew Dictionary in the back of Strong’s Concordance.

Verse: Cross References and Linking Thought: Notes and Comments:
8 Sun Mat 13:6 The son represents Satan. He is the one that dries up the Word of God.
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From the Hebrew Root word for “gourd” meaning “nauseous” to the point of vomiting. Since the gourd is likened to the souls of the people in Nineveh who were sinful human beings, we can make the parallel that man’s sinful soul is nauseous to God.
7 Worm

Psa 22:6

Job 25:6

This worm is a maggot of red color which was used to dye cloth (the red curtains in the tabernacle). The maggot is found where death is. Satan feeds on men’s souls doomed to eternal death. From death through the red blood of Jesus Christ came eternal life.
8 East wind

Gen 41:6

Exo 10:13

Eze 17:10

Eze 19:12

East wind is always used with divine anger and judgment.
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God prepared God prepared 4 things in this book: a big fish, a gourd, a worm, and an east wind.

Sheet #F to do in class

#9 Comprehensive Book Analysis

Chapter Analysis: Jonah 4

Title: God’s Object Lesson

Theme: God’s loving mercy and patience demonstrated to Jonah

Conclusions: (Answer the riddle. What is the deep significance of the gourd, the worm,the sun, and the east wind?)

The riddle is a prefigure of salvation in Jesus Christ. Man’s soul (the gourd) wasprepared by God, but sin made man’s soul nauseous to God as Satan dried up the Wordof God (Mat 13:6). In God’s anger at Satan and sin (the East Wind), He sent JesusChrist (the worm) to be sin for us on the cross. (2Cor 5:21 Sal 22:6) Through His shedblood (the red dye from the worm) He cleansed us from sin to bring us salvation just as Hebrought salvation to Nineveh.

Application:
I need to be more aware of God’s little subtle teaching methods around me –more open and observant.

 

 

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I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1963 giving my heart to Jesus in a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching the Word of God since 1964, Usually two to three adult classes a week.

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