|Jonah heard the voice of God. God told him to warn the giant city of Nineveh that they would soon be destroyed. Jonah knew this was a job that had great risks. He was not worried about the trip funding for it was only about 600 miles. He was not worried about about the time involved for he chose to go on a cruise on a ship that would take him far from where God wanted him. He headed for Tarshish by ship. Some think the city was in Spain and would take about 2,000 miles to reach that point. He paid his fare and went down to sleep at the bottom of the ship.|
one can hide from God. He sees everything. It is silly that Jonah tried
this trick. He should have obeyed immediately but he was worried people
would laugh at him. He was worried God might not do what He said He was
going to do. What if He forgave them if they wanted that. Then if God
changed His mind and waited to punish, the people could make fun of Jonah.
He could not bare to think of this mortifying experience.
God sent a big storm that rocked the ship so violently all on board feared they would die. Each was calling for help from whatever god they believed in. They tried to figure out if someone on the ship was being punished. They found Jonah asleep in the hold of the ship. They shook him and demanded he pray. He knew God would not hear him for he was disobeying. He did not want to pray. He told them to just throw him into the sea. They did everything else to keep floating but nothing worked. Finally they threw him into the water and the storm stopped.
|A giant fish came and swallowed Jonah whole. He was three days inside the belly of this big fish. The sea weed wrapped about him. There was no fresh air to breath. He decided maybe he could try to pray. Would God forgive him? He had three days to talk to God about his sin of running away from the job. Finally God made the big fish vomit Jonah out on dry land. Jonah did not even have to swim for shore. He probably went back into the water to wash off the sea weed and rotting fish smells. Do you suppose he scrubbed his hair real good? From this point on, Jonah was determined to go preach as he was asked.|
a story this man Jonah had to tell. It was so impressive that the people
in the city of Nineveh were convicted of their sins. The king laid off his
royal robes and put on gunny sacks showing sorrow for his sins. All his
people followed his example. It took over 3 days just to walk through this
giant city. Jonah made his way through warning everyone. They all turned
from their sins. There was an amazing response.
You would hope that this would have brought Jonah joy but his heart was not like God's. He was worried what people would think of him. He was more concerned about what people would think of him than if their hearts were turned to believe in God.
I wonder if we are like Jonah. Are we afraid to warn others of the coming destruction on our world. It is just about to come on this earth. God needs you to tell others of Jesus. They need to know of His love and forgiveness while there is still time to be saved. Will you share what you have learned?
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|Jonah 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3:3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.
3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
3:6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered [him] with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
3:7 And he caused [it] to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that [is] in their hands.
3:9 Who can tell [if] God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did [it] not.
4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and [also] much cattle?