The Disobedient Prophet

Jonah Chapters 1 & 2

“But I, with shouts of grateful praise will sacrifice to you.What I have vowed I will make good.

I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Jonah 2:9

Main Point:  Disobedience to the Lord’s clear direction leads toward calamity, misery and joylessness.



  • Jonah was willfully disobedient to the Lord’s clear instruction. 1:1-3


  • Jonah was indifferent to the desperate situation the sailors were struggling against. 1:4-6


  • Jonah was willing to destroy himself to avoid obeying the Lord. 1:7-12


  • The sailors had compassion for Jonah and feared the Lord. 1:13-16


  • Only after exhausting all options did Jonah break and obey the Lord. 1:17-2:10



Questions for reflection:


  • What areas of my life are the most difficult to surrender to the Lord?
  • Have I chosen to deliberately disregard the Lord in some area of my life?
  • What level of disruption would God need to get my attention?
  • Am I truly compassionate for those God loves?