Jonah and the Big Fish
Jonah knew he shouldn’t have tried to out-smart God.
God had told Jonah to go to the big city of Nineveh and preach to them: “Repent of your sins! Believe in God!” But Jonah didn’t want to do it! Nineveh was very wicked, and they had done
horrible things to God’s people. He didn’t want to go preach to them!
Instead, he boarded a ship that was going in the opposite direction. But before the ship got very far, God sent a huge storm! The wind howled, the ship rocked up and down, and the waves broke over the sides. It was so horrible that the sailors thought the boat would break into pieces and sink!
Jonah knew the storm was his fault. The men knew it too. They asked Jonah, “What should we do to you to make the storm stop?”
Jonah said, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea, and it will become calm.”
The men weren’t sure they should do that. But the storm kept getting worse and worse. So, even though they believed in other gods, they prayed to Jonah’s God: “Lord, please don’t blame us if we throw him overboard and he dies.”
Then they grabbed Jonah by the arms and legs and heaved him into the great big waves. And immediately, the wind stopped and the sea was perfectly calm.
Did Jonah drown? No! God sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah in one big gulp!
Jonah was inside that fish for three days and three nights. He did a lot of praying in there. He said, “Lord, you hurled me into the depths of the sea. The water swirled around me, and the seaweed wrapped around my head. But I trust in you, Lord. I know that salvation comes from you!”
God heard Jonah’s prayer and commanded the fish to cough up Jonah onto the dry land. Now God gave Jonah the exact same command: “Go preach in Nineveh.” This time Jonah
got right to work! And all the people of Nineveh—even the king!—repented of their sins and
believed in God.
How did God save Jonah? Through a big fish.
How did God save the people of Nineveh? Through Jonah’s preaching of God’s Word.
How does God save you? Through the work of Jesus our Savior.
As I hang the BIG FISH on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me:
God saved Jonah by letting a big fish swallow him.
God saves me through my Savior, Jesus.
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