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PostSubject: Jonah and the Whale   Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:19 am

Jonah was a prophet from Galilee and his story takes place somewhere between 780 B.C and 760 B.C.

During this period of history, Assyria was a powerful, evil
nation and Israel’s most dreaded enemy. The Lord spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, and preach to the Ninevites. (Jonah 1:2)

Jonah was supposed to warn the Ninevites to repent or suffer the consequences of their wickedness.


Jonah had other ideas, though. Instead of heading for Nineveh, he took off for Tarshish, Spain.
His motives could have been fear or revenge or both.

The Assyrians had committed terrible atrocities against the people of Israel: traveling into their midst would have been frightening.
Jonah also despised the Assyrians and probably would have liked to see God punish them.

Yet, Jonah knew God’s nature. He knew that if he preached repentance to the Ninevites, they would repent and God would spare them. (Jonah 4:2)

Jonah hops on a boat headed for Tarshish, attempting to hide out from God.

At night, a huge storm comes up and tosses the boat wildly. The sailors are afraid and all start to pray to their gods, while Jonah sleeps soundly below deck. (Jonah 1:4-6)

The captain goes down to Jonah’s cabin and pulls him out of bed.
And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us."

So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.” (Jonah 1:7 NKJV)

The sailors all question Jonah about what he’s done to bring this storm on them.
He confesses that he is running away from the Lord’s will and tells the sailors to throw him overboard to spare their lives. This they do. (Jonah 1:8-15)

As Jonah is sinking into the sea, a big fish (whale) swallows him. (Jonah 1:17)
Here we see God’s great mercy. He could have let Jonah suffer the consequences of his actions and drown.
Yet, God intervenes and spares Jonah’s life.


To read more click on this link:
http://www.essortment.com/all/jonahwhale_rsug.htm


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