A subversive story about a rebellious prophet who despises God for loving his enemies.
If you've ever attended church or Sunday school, you've likely heard about the story of Jonah at some point. But the prophet Jonah's remarkable experiences with storms at sea, being eaten by a fish, and plants that miraculously grow and die in a day have lessons that go much deeper than you may think.
Forgiveness is no easy task
Jonah is a unique cautionary tale about a prophet who continually disobeys God's call for his life. Through Jonah's story, we have the opportunity to perform a spiritual checkup on ourselves. Do we truly forgive and love our enemies? Do we run away from God when faced with difficult decisions? By examining ourselves in Jonah's story, we can learn to trust God in his final decisions and bring our concerns before him, knowing that he desires to save every person on earth and reunite with them forever. No one is too far for him to reach.
The Runaway Prophet
When God tells Jonah to deliver a prophecy to the sinful city of Nineveh, Jonah runs away from God. He soon learns this is not a good idea.
Out at Sea
A wild storm threatens Jonah's voyage. Pagan sailors search for God's help, and Jonah is revealed as the cause of their turmoil. The sailors reluctantly throw him overboard.
A large fish swallows Jonah while out at sea. It spits him out when Jonah repents, and God tells him to go to Nineveh again.
Jonah warns Nineveh about God's judgment, and the whole city repents — from the king to the cows! But Jonah becomes angry when God spares the city.
Jonah waits for God's judgment on Nineveh outside the city, but God teaches him about his mercy instead. The takeaway from the story is left to the reader to interpret.