Jonah And The Whale

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Originally posted 2021-09-26 14:32:46.

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is a real story about a real man from the land of Israel. He was a prophet or someone who told people what God said.

God told Jonah to go to a land called Nineveh. Instead of going, Jonah refused. Let’s read the exciting story and discover what happened to Jonah.

God gave Jonah a message for the land of Nineveh.

The Lord spoke to Jonah and said:

“Go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it; for its wickedness rises up before me.”

Jonah did not want to preach to the people of Nineveh. They were the enemies of his land, the land of Israel. Jonah wanted the people of Nineveh to die in their sins. He did not want them to turn to God and live.

Jonah went in another direction that was far away from Nineveh. He went down to Joppa and took a ship headed for Tarshish.

God sent a storm on the sea

The Lord saw Jonah on the ship; and sent a great storm upon the sea. The ship tossed on the waves, and it seemed as if it would break into pieces. The sailors threw everything overboard, but the storm continued to rage.

All of the sailors asked his god to save them and the ship. They discovered that Jonah was fast asleep in the raging storm. The captain of the ship woke him, and said:

“How can you sleep in this storm? Awake, rise up, and call upon your God. Perhaps He will hear you and save our lives.”

But the storm continued to rage around the ship. The sailors said:

“Someone on this ship has brought this trouble on us. Let us cast lots and find who it is.”

Then they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. They said to him, all at once:

“Tell us who you are. What country do you come from? What is your business? Why have you brought all this trouble upon us?”

Jonah told them how he came from the land of Israel. He told them too that he had fled away from the presence of the Lord. The sailors said to him:

“What shall we do to you, that the storm may cease?”

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Jonah told the sailors to throw him overboard

Then Jonah said:

“Take me up and throw me into the sea. The storm will cease and the waters will be calm. I know that this great storm took place because of me.”

The sailors were not willing to throw Jonah into the sea. They rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not. Then they cried unto the Lord, and said:

“We pray O Lord, do not let us die because of this man, because Lord, you have done what pleased you.”

At last, when they could do nothing else to save themselves, the sailors threw Jonah into the sea.

jonah and the whale

The storm ceased at once, and the waves became still. The men on the ship feared the Lord greatly. They offered a sacrifice to the Lord, and made promises to serve him.

the Lord sent a great fish to swallow Jonah

Instead of letting him drown, the Lord sent a great fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah lived inside the fish for three days and three nights.

While in the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord. The Lord caused the great fish to throw up Jonah upon the dry land.

jonah and the whale

what is the meaning of the story of ?

Although Jonah was God’s servant, he was always thinking about himself. God protected Jonah and saved him because he wanted to teach him a great lesson.

Jonah had learned that some of the people who worshipped idols were kind in their hearts. He also learned that the Lord loved them just as He loved Israel.

This was the lesson that God wanted Jonah to learn.

God told Jonah for the second time to go to Nineveh

The call of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city. Preach the message that I command you to tell them.”

Jonah obeyed and went to the city of Nineveh. As he entered into it, he called out to the people:

“God said that Nineveh will be destroyed in forty days.”

Jonah walked through the city all day crying out the words:

“God said that Nineveh will be destroyed in forty days.”

The people of Nineveh prayed to God and turned away from their sins

The people of Nineveh believed the word of the Lord that Jonah told to them. They turned away from their sins and fasted.

All of the people prayed to God for mercy. The king of Nineveh arose from his throne. He took off his royal robes and covered himself with sackcloth. He also sat in ashes, as a sign of his sorrow.

The king sent out a command to his people. He commanded them to fast, and seek the Lord, and turn from sin.

God forgave the people and did not destroy the city of Nineveh

When God saw that the people of Nineveh were sorry for their wickedness, He forgave them. He did not destroy their city.

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