Lesson 13

Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk

The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.

Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.

Complete all three assignments:

1.   Jonah. The Lord Shows Mercy to Those Who Repent

Read Jonah 1:1 and the institute student manual commentary for Jonah 1:1, “Where and When Did Jonah Live?” (p. 97). Write a brief paragraph explaining the background of Jonah. Include information about when he lived, where he was from, and what evidences there are that he was a real person and not just an allegory. Also discover who the king of Israel was at the time Jonah lived.

Read Jonah 1–2 and then answer the following questions in writing:

  • Why do you think the shipmaster sought after Jonah to wake him up?
  • Whose idea was it to throw Jonah into the sea?
  • What had the Lord “prepared” to turn Jonah back to Him? How did this experience point to Christ? (see Matthew 12:39–41). What has the Lord “prepared” for all of His children to overcome their sins and mistakes?
  • Why does it seem like the lessons we learn in the midst of extremely distressing moments of life seem to stay with us the best?
  • Why did Jonah call upon the Lord?
  • What words in chapter 2 describe Jonah’s deepened commitment to the Lord?

Read Matthew 12:39–41 and look for how the Lord compared Himself to Jonah. Make a list of other comparisons you could make between the Savior and Jonah as found in Jonah 1–2.

Read Jonah 3, the student manual Points to Ponder section, “Trying to Run Away from the Lord” (p. 100), and the student manual commentary for Micah 5:1–4, “But Thou, Bethlehem, . . . out of Thee Shall He Come . . . That Is to Be Ruler in Israel” (p. 122). Describe in writing how the repentance of the people of Nineveh effected the preaching of Jonah. According to Jonah 4, how did Jonah react to the people’s response? How could we apply this to our lives today?

2.   Micah; Nahum. “The Lord Shall Reign”

Read Micah 1:1–9; 2:1–11. Write a brief statement describing what Micah prophesied would happen to Israel and Samaria. Read Micah 3:4–12 and list the reasons why these things happened to them. Read Micah 4:1–3 and the student manual commentary for Micah 4:1–2, “What Special Meaning Do These Verses Have for Latter-day Saints?” (p. 121). Then make a second list of Israel’s future reasons for hope.

What additional insights does Doctrine and Covenants 45:66–71 reveal about Micah 4:6–8?

In your own words summarize the teachings in Micah 4:12; Isaiah 55:8–9.

Read Micah 5:1–5 and list what Micah said about the first and second coming of the Lord.

Read the messages of Micah 7:7–9, 18–19; Nahum 1:1–7 and the student manual commentary for Nahum 1:2–10, “The Second Coming” (pp. 219–20). Then write an outline for a three-minute talk on the topic of “The Last Days and the Second Coming.”

3.   Habakkuk. Understanding the Majesty of God

Read the chapter summary for Habakkuk 1. Write a paragraph explaining how Habakkuk felt after learning what the Lord was going to do.

Read Habakkuk 2:3–15 and compare it with Articles of Faith 1:9; Jacob 4:8; Doctrine and Covenants 101:32–34; 121:26–31; 130:18–19. Write a one-page paper on “Understanding and Obtaining the Knowledge and Glory of the Lord.” You may wish to use other scriptures to support your paper.