A long time ago, there was a prophet named
Jonah who was a man called of God. God told Jonah to go to a great city called Nineveh and
cry out against them because of their many wicked sins. Instead of doing what
God had requested of him, Jonah went in another direction towards a city called Tarshish
in an attempt to flee from what God had told him to do.
Joppa to board a ship to Tarshish. He paid his fare and boarded the ship
The Lord was
displeased with Jonah trying to get away from doing what He had
told him to do. So, He sent out a great wind onto the waters around the ship.
The ship began to toss to and fro upon the waters as the wind increased and became very fierce and
The men in the ship were fearful that the ship would break apart. So, they
began to ask every man if there was something that they had done that would
cause such fierceness to come upon the ship. Every man began to call upon their
god. As the storm raged on, they threw all the ship’s contents overboard trying to
lighten the load and save themselves.
The shipmaster came down into the ship where Jonah was sleeping and ask him,
"What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so that God will
think upon us that we perish not."
The men of the ship began to cast lots so they would know which man had brought
this evil upon the ship and upon them. So, when they cast lots, the lot fell upon
Jonah. The men rushed to Jonah and ask him why this evil had come upon them that
the ship and their lives were in perilous danger. They wanted to know what
his occupation was and what location he came from. They also wanted to
know his nationality.
Jonah told them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which
hath made the sea and the dry land." Then, the men of the ship were very afraid
and asked him, "Why hast thou done this?" The the men remembered him telling them
that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord.
The men ask Jonah, "What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto
us?" And he told them, "Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so
shall the sea be calm unto you; for I know that for my sake this great tempest
is upon you."
The men continued fighting with fear and trembling to try and control the ship, but they could not. They called
upon the Lord, but the tempest continued. Then, they knew they must cast Jonah
into the raging sea to calm the waters and save the ship. So, they cast him overboard
into the roaring sea, and miraculously the sea calmed.
The Lord had prepared a great fish, (a whale), to swallow Jonah up. He was in
the big fish for three days and three nights. Then, Jonah prayed to the Lord
out of the fish’s belly. Jonah declared, "I cried by reason of mine affliction unto
the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest
Jonah had been cast into the deep sea and the flood waters encompassed him and the
waves passed over him. The seaweed wrapped about his head. He was taken down
to the bottom of the mountains underneath the sea. Yet, through all this the Lord heard Jonah’s
prayers and brought him out of the depths of the sea.
Jonah then understood
that whenever someone forsakes the Lord for their own pleasure and comfort, and doesn’t do what
He tells them to do, they forsake their own mercy from the Lord.
Jonah cried out and praised the Lord and gave Him thanks for forgiving him for running
away from what he was told to do. Then, the Lord spoke to the whale, and it
vomited Jonah upon dry land.
Once again, the Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time and told him to go to Nineveh.
However, this time Jonah decided he would do as the Lord instructed him.
In doing so, he would have to
travel three days journey to get to Nineveh.
As Jonah entered the city he began to prophesy, "Forty days and the city will be
overthrown." 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.
The king of Nineveh also left his throne to fast. He pulled off his robe, and
put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. A decree was sent out by the king and his
nobles throughout all Nineveh that man nor beast, herd nor flock taste anything.
They could not eat nor drink water. All the people and the beasts were to cover
themselves with sackcloth and turn from their evil ways and from the violence in
the land. "Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his
fierce anger, that we perish not?"
God saw their works, that they turned from their evil ways; and God repented of
the evil, that He had said He would do unto them; and therefore did it not.
Remember to always do the good things and follow correct instruction from your
parents and from the Lord. Do not lie, cheat, or steal because God is watching
you. Be respectful of others, as the Lord is respectful of you. God may extend
mercy for you as He did for Jonah, if you only call upon His name.
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