Jonah is not a book about a great fish! It is really a book about God, and how one man came, through painful experience, to discover the true character of the God whom he had already served in the earlier years of his life. He was to find the doctrine about God come alive in his experience. It is this combination of doctrine and experience that makes Jonah such a fascinating, instructive, and practical book.If you've never read anything by Dr. Ferguson, you're in for a treat.My friend Tullian Tchividjian recently wrapped up a sermon series on the book of Jonah, which would be well worth listening to. The sermons are available here, and the titles are as follows:
The teaching of Jonah searches our hearts and consciences in a special way because it is the story of a man who was on the run from God. It traces not only the path of his journey, but unravels the inner workings of his heart—his fears, motivations, and passing moods. Christians today still experience these 'Jonah-syndromes'.
- Introduction to Jonah (Jonah 1:1-6)
- Calming The Storm (Jonah 1:11-16)
- Flight from God (Jonah 1:1-6)
- Revealing Power of Storms (Jonah 1:4-10)
- Two Ways to Run (Jonah 1:4-10)
- The Salvation of the Saved (Jonah 1:17-2:1-10)
- The Worship That Frees (Jonah 3:1-2)
- Everything Big (Jonah 3:1-5)
- The Deployment of the Defeated (Jonah 3:1-5)
- The Centrality of Repentance (Jonah 3:5-10)
- Angry at God (Jonah 4:1-4)
- Death Before Deference (Jonah 4:5-11)
For those interested in ESV Study Bible details, Mark Futato did the notes on Jonah.