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God told Jonah to go to the great city of Ninevah to preach, but Jonah didn't want to go. He tried to run away from God by going in the opposite direction.
He got on a ship. God caused a storm to come. It nearly sank the ship. When the men on the ship discovered that it was Jonah's fault, they threw him overboard into the sea, and the sea became calm.
God had provided a large fish that swallowed Jonah. Jonah prayed to God from inside the fish and God heard him. He was in the fish for three days and three nights. The fish spit him out onto dry land.
God again told him to go and preach to the people of Ninevah, and this time he obeyed. It was a very large city. Jonah told the people that they must repent or they would be destroyed. The people listened and believed. They were sorry for their sins and God forgave them.
Jonah was angry. He didn't really care about the people of the city, but God loved them.
When Jesus was on earth, he talked about Jonah in Matthew 12: 39. He compares Jonah's experience to his being in the grave for three days and three nights.
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Jonah was unhappy when God forgave the people of Ninevah when they repented. He really did not care about people at all.
What about you? Do you care about people, or are you happy when they "get what's coming to them"? It is sometimes hard to have a loving and forgiving attitude. Remember the love that God has shown to you, and try to show that love to others.
You can read the story of Jonah in the book of Jonah chapters 1-4.
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God, He said, "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me."
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Jonah and the Whale, Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible DVD
By Gt Media, Usa
Jonah and the Whale is a great adventure story but is much more than that. On its deepest level, it is a commentary on God's willingness to punish sinners, and on His capacity for forgiveness. Now you can share this wonderful story with your family. Jonah and the Whale is one of the thirteen programs in the Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible series. This program features: All-new animation, an introduction by Charlton Heston, and "Simon & Gimmel -Your Faithful Guides," two animated who lead viewers through the story and make it accessible for all ages. Approx. 50 minutes.
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Jonah and the Very Big Fish: The Book of Jonah for Children
By Sara Fletcher / Concordia Publishing House
For more than 25 years, Arch Books have captivated children ages 5-9. The Arch Book series includes more than 100 titles covering key Bible stories and themes from Genesis through Acts.
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Jonah's Fish Ride, Pencil Fun Books, 10 Pack
By David C. Cook
This Bible story book is fun to read and tells the story of Jonah and the whale in a simple way so young listeners will find it easy to understand. Plus, children will find "hands-on" scribble activities that gets the child involved in the story. All they need to do is scribble with a pencil over the blank spaces and they'll discover hidden words, pictures, and activities. Comes as a pack of 10 books. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
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Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2010-11-21
A Whale Of A Tale
Written by Ron Tranmer ©
The bible story of Jonah
is a real whale of a tale.
He disobeyed his Lord and God
and was swallowed by a whale.
He then changed his way of thinking
and was sorry he had strayed.
He preached to the people of Ninevah,
and that wicked city was saved.
God has given us commandments too.
For us to keep them is His wish.
But if we donít, we probably wonít,
be swallowed by a fish.
But if we keep them, and obey
how happy we will be,
when we return to live with Him
for all eternity.
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