And somewhere in his heart, Jonah knew that also in that message included a word of repentance and salvation. If you wish to support Keep Believing Ministries, your prayers and are appreciated, and further enable this worldwide ministry to distribute all materials free of charge. There were few prophets available at this time, Hosea, Amos and Jonah were about the only 3 men prophesying to all Israel. Are there questions that come to mind as you read chapter 2, remember to only ask questions based on what we know so far from chapter 1. Jonah had stopped finding his identity in God. Jonah was trying to steer-clear of having a face-to-face, one-on-one encounter with God.
Have you ever heard the story of the turtle and the rabbit? How far will God let us go in sin? Sailors from Tarshish were expert sailors. If the weather in your part of the country permits, go fishing. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you. God starts with prostitutes and then works downward from there. They are frightened and fearful of loss - they think God will control them, or cost them too much. Would Jonah have been mad if he knew that these Gentiles had gotten saved in the process of his rebellion? All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Tell people to believe in Jesus for eternal life.
Immediately the sea was quieted down. But God had other plans. Satan can work through circumstances just like God can. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. Archeologists have found the ruins of ancient Nineveh right outside the city of Mosul in Iraq. Jonah was not happy with this assignment God had given him. Stay tuned for the rest of the story.
Disobedience is selfish, prideful and wicked. They also began to throw cargo overboard to help the ship not sink. In response to their actions, in response to their prayer and throwing Jonah overboard, the raging sea grew calm. Since he wanted to keep cattle on his land, Paul went ahead and built the fence anyway. Every morning they would practically skip in the door, hug their teacher, hang up their little coats and backpacks, and begin playing with the other children.
In way, Jonah is about missions because Jonah does go on a missionary trip… of a sort. Sin looks good for awhile. In the midst of this, a total eclipse of the sun had occurred in 763 B. Publication date: Feb 15, 2019. And so he fled for Tarshish. They sailors are a little hesitant to do this, so in Jonah 1:13 they try to row back to land. It has never happened to me, but I imagine myself waving to him and smiling as I drive by.
Furthermore, when he does get the chance to share some truth with the sailors, the only thing he gives them is some muddled and misleading theology. God was with Jonah every step of the way. Before they thought that maybe if they threw the cargo and livelihood overboard, then maybe they would escape with their lives. Jonah's answer was simple and honest! Their cargo was gold, silver, iron, ivory, probably some jewels, spices and exotic animals. Have students open their Bibles to Jonah 1.
In chapter 1 Jonah is running from God; in chapter 2 he is praying to God; in chapter 3 he is speaking for God; in chapter 4 he is learning about God. The big fish is actually a small part of the story, though certainly the most dramatic. They cannot make it to land, and the sea gets wilder. They know He is in control of the storm, and hope that he does not hold them accountable for killing one of His children. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
As Jonah sinks into the sea God provides a great fish to swallow him. The teacher screamed, and so did his mother. When the sailors learned that Jonah was running from God, the were even more afraid. It is the kindness of God that sends the great fish. Jonah had every reason to hate the people of Nineveh. God sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he was inside the fish for three days and three nights. You know how I know that? Every morning, my friend would drop off her brood to the front door of the Preschool.
He was ready to cash it all in. There was excitement in the air. Belief must have the proper object, and that is Jesus. Ancient records from Assyria boast of this kind of cruelty as a badge of courage and power. Your disobedience impacts you and others around you. This is likely a 36-hour period, meaning one full day the second and parts of days 1 and 3.
We know how God wanted to send Jonah to Nineveh, but Jonah ran from God, got swallowed by a big fish, and then finally went anyway. I was in California with some friends on a road trip. Only four chapters, 48 verses, just over 1300 words. And there is always room for one more passenger. But the voice happens to be the Light of the World, and we ignore it at our peril.