Old Testament
Lesson 33
Sharing the Gospel with the World


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to fulfill our responsibilities as latter-day Israel to love all the people of the world and share the blessings of the gospel with them.

Scripture references for study:  Jonah 14; Micah 2; Micah 47
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Jonah Called To Preach To Ninevah

  1. Historical Background.
  2. READ JONAH 1:1-3. Jonah flees his mission.
  3. While Jonah was sailing to Tarshish a great tempest came up and threatened the ship (Jonah 1:4).
  4. "Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly" (Jonah 2:1).
  5. This was a tough way for Jonah to learn that the Lord is serious about his commandments. And yet the Lord was merciful in that he put Jonah in a situation that would humble him and provide the opportunity to repent.
  6. During his earthly ministry, the Savior spoke about the "sign of the prophet Jonas" or Jonah (Matthew 12:39).
  7. Missionary Service:

The People of Ninevah Respond To Jonah's Message

  1. "And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee" (Jonah 3:1-2).
  2. HOW DID THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH RESPOND?
  3. HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND TO THE ACTIONS OF THE PEOPLE?
  4. HOW DID JONAH RESPOND WHEN THE LORD FORGAVE THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH?
  5. The Lord then gave Jonah an object lesson to teach him that God loves all his children and desired to show mercy to the repentant people of Nineveh (see Jonah 4:4-11).

Micah Prophesies

  1. Historical Background:
  2. Micah prophesied about the destruction of Israel and Judah.
  3. READ MICAH 5:2. The birth of the Savior prophesied.
  4. READ MICAH 2:12. The remnant of Israel to be gathered.
  5. READ MICAH 4:6-7, 11-13. Israel to be gathered and made a strong nation.
  6. READ MICAH 5:8-9.  The remnant of Israel to be like a lion.
  7. READ MICAH 6:6-8. What does the Lord require?


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. The story of Jonah is an interesting story about the importance of doing missionary work. The Lord will see to it that his work goes forth. Our responsibility is to accept his call and preach the gospel wherever and with whomever we have the opportunity. It is a great work and we live in a day when the ancient prophecies are being fulfilled. We can be part of that fulfillment.
  2. Record your thoughts on Jonah and his attempt to avoid a mission to Nineveh when called by the Lord. How do you sometimes evade the call of the Lord? How can you do better?


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