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Jonah in Whale for Kids
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Jonah in Whale for Kids
Once there was a Prophet of God named Jonah. God told Jonah to go to
a place called Nineveh, and tell the people there to stop doing bad
things. Jonah didn't listen to God and he got on a ship, trying to
run away from God. So God sent a strong wind into the sea. The wind
tossed the ship around so much that it was almost broken to pieces.
The people on the ship figured out that somehow, the reason for the
stormy sea, had something to do with Jonah. He told them that he was
trying to hide from God.
The people wondered what to do with Jonah. I know this is all my
fault, Jonah said, Throw me into the sea, so the storm will stop. The
people tried to row to land, but the wind and waves were too strong.
They prayed that the Lord wouldn't be mad, and they threw Jonah into
the sea. Suddenly the wind stopped and the sea was still. God sent a
huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish
for three days and three nights!
Jonah was very scared, and prayed, telling God he was sorry and that
he would do what God told him to. So, God forgave Jonah and spoke to
the fish. He told the fish to spit Jonah out onto dry land. God told
Jonah again to go and tell the people of Nineveh that their country
would be destroyed in forty days because they were so bad. The king
of Nineveh told all the people to have faith in God and to do good.
The people in Nineveh were sorry for being bad, so they did what the
king said. God forgave them and decided not to destroy them.
Jonah was angry with the Lord. He knew that God would forgive the
people of Nineveh and it made Jonah mad that he went through all of
this trouble. That's why Jonah tried to run away from God in the
first place. Jonah asked God to take his life, because he thought it
would be better for him to die than to live. God asked Jonah if he
thought it was right to be so angry, but God did not take his life.
Jonah built a little shack outside of the city where he could watch
and see what would happen in Nineveh. It was very hot so God grew a
big plant called a gourd, and it covered the shack and Jonah with
shade. Jonah was very happy about the gourd.
But the next day, God sent a worm to eat up the gourd. Jonah felt
sorry for the gourd, and he was angry again because he wished that it
had lived. Then God sent a very hot dry wind. The sun was so hot that
Jonah fainted and wished again that he would die. God told Jonah, You
felt sorry for the gourd but you didn't give it life or help it grow.
It grew in one day and died in one night. The people of Nineveh
didn't know right from wrong. I gave them life and asked you to help
them grow to be good. Shouldn't I feel sorry for them? Shouldn't I
let them live?
Jonah had done wrong, not to listen to God and when Jonah was sorry,
God forgave him and saved him from the big fish that swallowed him
up. Nineveh had done wrong by doing bad things, and when they were
sorry, God forgave them too and saved them from being destroyed.
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