Jonah Bible Verses
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The Book of Jonah
You may think of the
story of Jonah as a children's story, but this little tale has some
important lessons for folks of all ages. It's very easy to picture
this story in your mind's eye, so dust off your imagination and let's
go fishing for the story of Jonah.
The year was about 775 B.C. and in a city called Nineveh, located in
Assyria, they were practicing evil that the Lord didn't like. The
Lord would always warn the people before by way of His prophets
before He would ever do anything like destroy a city, as it is
written. Sooooo, the Lord spoke to Jonah saying, Get up and go to the
great city of Nineveh and warn them because their wickedness has come
to my attention.
Now Jonah was from Gath-hepher and Nineveh was about 500 miles or so,
east from there. Well, Jonah didn't wanna go to Nineveh because, he
knew that God was known for extending mercy and that was a long way
to travel and frightening to him. Jonah decided to run away from God,
so he went down to Joppa, about 25 miles away and found a ship
heading west for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into the
ship thinking he was escaping the presence of the Lord.
However, the Lord hurled a strong wind on the sea and created a huge
storm, so strong that the ship was in danger of being destroyed. The
sailors were afraid and they all cried to their gods and threw all
the cargo of the ship into the sea to lighten it. Meanwhile, Jonah
was down in the side of the ship, fast asleep.
The shipmaster went down to Jonah and said to him, What do you think
you're doing, sleepyhead? Get up and call on your God and ask Him to
consider us, so we don't die. The people on the ship decided to cast
lots to find out whose fault all this trouble was. When they cast
their lots, the lot fell upon Jonah. They asked him, What's the
reason for all this evil and where do you come from? What's your
country and who are your people?
Jonah said, I'm an Hebrew and I fear the Lord God of Heaven, that
made the sea and the dry land. Jonah told them that he was hiding
from the Lord and this scared the people. They asked Jonah, Why did
you do this? The storm was growing more and more furious and the
people said What should we do to you so the sea will calm down for us?
Jonah said, Throw me overboard into the sea and it will be calm
afterward because I know it's my fault that this tempest is upon you.
They were afraid to throw Jonah in the water, because they didn't
wanna make God more angry than He already was. They rowed hard trying
to bring the ship to land, but they couldn't. The sea was stirred up
and violently against them. They cried to God and said, We beg you, O
Lord, we beg you, don't let us die for this man's life and don't
blame us for innocent blood because you, O Lord, have done as it
pleased you. So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and
the sea stopped her raging. Then the men respected the Lord greatly.
They offered a sacrifice and made vows.
Now, the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. Let's
have a little bread crumb at this point, shall we ... We were taught
as children when we heard this story that is was a whale that Jonah
was swallowed by. However, it does not say that it was a whale, it
just says great fish. But Jesus clarifies that it was indeed a
whale when He said:
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly so
shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of
The whale swallowed Jonah and he was in the belly of the fish for
three days and three nights. Did you know that this was a shadow
of things to come? A shadow is an event that is similar
(like a shadow) to something that's gonna happen in the
future. Jesus explained this shadow in Matthew
12:39-41 and Luke
11:29-30 when the Pharisees tempted Jesus, asking Him for a sign
from heaven. Jesus told them that an evil generation looks for a
sign, an no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the
prophet. Just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, the Son of man
will be to this generation, and just as Jonah was in the belly of a
whale for three days and three nights, the Son of man will be three
days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
What happens in the belly of a fish for an uncooperative prophet of
God? Join us next time and we'll take a look, at your Daily Bread of
The Book of Jonah
Ahoy there and glad to have you aboard here today at Daily Bread! As
you remember, we have a man overboard in our story, but usually that
means that someone accidentally fell in the water. This wasn't the
case in this instance. That man overboard was the prophet Jonah
himself and he was purposely thrown into the water.
He was hiding from the Lord so he wouldn't have to go to Nineveh and
preach to the people there as God commanded him, who were overcome
with evil. Jonah didn't wanna go to Nineveh because he figured that
in the end, God would just forgive the people anyway, so why go
through all the trouble. His presence on the ship brought about a
terrible tempest that was about to destroy the ship and all that were
on it, so with prayers of mercy, the people on the ship, tossed Jonah
into the sea.
Well, Jonah was swallowed up by a whale, and at first you may think
this is a terrible thing, but let's go back and digest this part of
Chapter 1 verse 17 a little bit. Now the Lord had prepared a
great fish to swallow up Jonah. What does it mean, He prepared
the fish? God actually provided protection for Jonah inside the
whale, He wasn't making bait out of Jonah.
Jonah has a little change of spirit during his stay within the Lord's
special accommodations for him and he realizes the seriousness of
God's command. He knew that the alternative was drowning in the sea
and he praised the Lord from out of the whale's belly: "I cried to
the Lord because of my distress and He heard me, out of the belly of
the grave I cried, and you heard my voice.
You had thrown me into the deep, in the middle of the seas and floods
surrounded me. All your winds and waves passed over me. Then I
realized, I am cast out of your sight, but I will still seek you. The
waters compassed me about, even to the soul, the depth closed around
me, the seaweeds were wrapped around my head.
I went down to the floor of the ocean, the earth imprisoned me for
ever, still, you brought up my life from death, O Lord my God. When
my soul fainted inside me I remembered the Lord and my prayer came in
to you, in your holy temple. Those who are foolish give up their own
mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving,
I'll pay what I've promised. Salvation is from the Lord."
Haven't we all, as Christian found ourselves in the spiritual
darkness and felt out of the presence of the Lord? At times like
these we can take a valuable lesson from what Jonah did and pray. The
Lord loves humility in a person and Jonah's prayer demonstrated his
repentance, so the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out
onto dry land.He was given another opportunity to perform the task he
had been called to do.
In our next Daily Bread, we'll find out what happens when Jonah goes
to Nineveh, so be sure and join us again!
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The Book of Jonah
Happy to see you here today at our Daily Bread Big Fish tale of
Jonah. Let's harpoon another great lesson today shall we? When the
Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, God said get up and go
to Nineveh, that great city and preach to them the words that I will
Jonah didn't "flounder" around this time he went to Nineveh and
obeyed the Lord. Nineveh was such a BIG city that it took three days
to travel from one side of the city to the other. Jonah went one
day's journey into the city and cried out the Lord's message. "In 40
days, Nineveh will be overthrown" ...
The people of Nineveh believed the message from God and they
announced a fast. Everyone put on sackcloth from the greatest to the
least of them. Even the king of Nineveh did so.
He made a proclamation throughout Nineveh that no man, beast, herd or
flock was to eat or rink anything and be covered with sackcloth and
cry out mightily to God. He demanded every soul turn from their evil
way and perhaps God's anger would be calmed and they would not be
Here is a little Daily Bread crumb for ya ... "Sackcloth" was a
custom of mourning in the Middle East region. They would wear a very
coarse cloth or goat or camel hair. I bet it was uncomfortable and a
constant reminder of what you had done wrong while wearing it.
"Fasting" is where they would not eat or drink for a said period of
time. This would deprive the flesh of nourishment which would bring
one closer to their spiritual side making their senses keener. As far
as the "ashes" ...
They would cover themselves with dirty sooty ash as to show they were
dirty with sin. They didn't throw a quick apology up to God and carry
on as usual, No way ... They repented.
Well, the people of Nineveh must have been sincere in their repenting
for their sins because it worked and God forgave them and decided not
to destroy the city. It was their earnest, heartfelt plea for
forgiveness that brought forth the forgiveness. Kinda makes you want
to be a little more sincere the next time you need forgiveness from
our Father does it not?
The Book of Jonah
Glad to have you back with us at the Daily Bread Bible Study about
Jonah. Before we begin, what is Grace? When
we left off, Nineveh had repented and was forgiven by God. Well,
believe it or not, this annoyed ole Jonah. He even got a little sassy
with God when he prayed "God, didn't I tell you this would happen
before I came here and I ran off to Tarshish because I knew you would
be merciful and forgive the people of Nineveh. So take my life from
me because it's better to die than to live.
Pretty shocking huh? After all he had been through and remember the
touching prayer he gave God from the belly of a great fish. Then he
found it within himself to be upset with God because God chose to
forgive the people. I mean Jonah was just granted the same compassion
a few days earlier from the belly of the great fish and now would
rather die than live because God granted the same for others.
God answered Jonah ... Is it right for you to be angry? So Jonah went
eastward outside of the city and set himself up a little booth and he
sat right on down, waiting to see what would happen to the city. God
saw this and created a great gourd so that it would cast a shadow and
provide him shade in his grief. Jonah was glad for the shady comfort.
The next day God created a worm which destroyed the Gourd that God
had made. Then the sun rose and the heat of the day rose. God created
a great wind and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah so much so that
he fainted and said again, it is better for me to die than
God asked Jonah if it was right to be angry about the gourd and Jonah
said yes, I do well to be angry even unto death. The Lord said, you
have pity on a gourd in which you have not labored neither made it
grow which came up in a night and was gone in a night and should I
not spare Nineveh which has more than 120,000 people which knew not
their right hand from their left (Knew not what they were doing) ...
The book suddenly ends there ... One can only imagine what took place
at that point.
We all get this feeling inside and want to say to Jonah what's the
matter fella, you spoke God's Word and the people chose to believe
and were saved. What's the problem??? The problem was pride. Jonah
felt that since God forgave the people that his works were in vain.
He went and sat outside the city hoping it would be destroyed.
This story is a "shadow" of things to come in that we cannot go and
sin, be punished by God, pray for forgiveness, be forgiven by God and
then step away from that and fail to understand that Grace
is for everyone. Not just ourselves. Soooooooooooo, the next
time you come across someone running and hiding from
God and their words and deeds may be deemed as sin, keep this in mind
... We too are sinners and we have to ask God for His forgiveness all
the time. Judge not lest ye be judged. Let us never become as
Jonah and become blinded by pride so much that we would rather die
than understand the Truth of Grace ...
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare