Posts Tagged ‘Jonah’

Read Matthew Chapter 12:22-50
1. What does Jesus do according to Matthew 12:22?

2. What does Jesus do according to Matthew 12:25?

3. What does Jesus say to the Pharisees according to Matthew 12:25-30? Summarize His message in your own words.

Going deeper: This discussion by Jesus of the Pharisees’ comments is also found in Luke’s gospel in Luke 11:14-23.

4. What sin does Jesus say will not be forgiven in Matthew 12:31-32?

Going deeper: This reference to the unpardonable sin is also discussed in Mark’s gospel in Mark 3:28-30.

5. What do you learn from the following verses?
Exodus 20:7

Numbers 15:30-31

Deuteronomy 29:14-20

Going deeper: What is the sin Jesus is speaking of? Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? What type of conduct would constitute this?

6. What does Jesus say about the fruit of a tree in Matthew 12:33?

7. What does Jesus say about the relationship of between the words a person speaks and the condition of his heart in Matthew 12:34-35?

8. Copy Matthew 12:36-37. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

9. What did the scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus for in Matthew 12:38? What was His response?

Review Jonah Chapters 1 to 2.
10. Why was Jonah in the belly of the beast?

11. What does Jonah say of God in Jonah chapter 2?

12. What happens as a result of Jonah’s prayer in Jonah chapter 2?

Read Jonah Chapter 3
13. How was Jonah a sign to the Ninevah? What was the result of the “sign?”

14. What does Jesus say about the Queen of the South and Solomon in Matthew 12:42?

Going deeper: Review 1 Kings 10:1-9 for the story of the Queen of Sheba’s visit to Solomon.

15. What does Jesus teach them about unclean spirits in Matthew 12:43-45?

16. Where is Jesus in Matthew 12:46? Who was asking to see him?

17. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 12:48-50?

18. Why was Jesus’ response not what people expected of him?

19. What do you learn from the following verses about Jesus’ siblings?
Matthew 13:55

Mark 6:3

Going deeper: The interchange regarding Jesus’ siblings is recorded Mark 3:31-35 and Luke 8:19-21.

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Jaffa aka Joppa

In Israel, there is Bible-relevant history everywhere you look. The ancient city of Joppa dates back to 2000 B.C. suggesting it was established after the flood by one of Noah’s sons – probably Japheth.


Joppa is one of the oldest ports in the world making it very important to Ancient Israel. Solomon had the supplies to build the temple, sent by Hiram, King of Tyre, brought in through Joppa.


Old Jaffa

Later when Ezra was rebuilding the temple, supplies were sent to Joppa from Lebanon.



Joppa also is famous as the port from which the prophet Jonah caught a boat to Tarshish to flee the command of the LORD to go to Ninevah to tell them of the coming judgment of God for their sin.

You may remember that Jonah ended up being thrown overboard and was subsequently swallowed by a large fish where he stayed for 3 days and 3 nights before being vomited out on dry land.


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