What We Can Learn from Jonah
Possible excuses for not going to Nineveh
· It was a dangerous journey
· He feared the wickedness and the people
· He might have lacked finances
· Fear of the unknown
· Maybe he doubted his prophetic ability
· Wondered of it would make a difference
· Maybe he didn’t care for the people of Nineveh
Chronology of the events on the ship
· The Lord sent a great wind
· The ship looked as if it was going to break up
· Sailors cried out to their own gods
· Things were so bad, the sailors threw over their cargo
· Jonah all the while, was below deck in a great sleep
· The captain of the ship asked Jonah to pray to his own God
· They cast lots for who was at fault, it fell on Jonah
· Jonah said who he was, a Hebrew, who worshiped the Lord God that created the land and the sea.
· They asked his opinion, and he told them to cast him over the side, claiming indeed that it was his fault
· They disobeyed, and instead, the sea got worse
· Jonah was swallowed by a great fish
The prayer inside the fish
His prayer is full of:
· Jonah is “vomited “ out of the fish and heads to Nineveh
· 1st day, Jonah declares that Nineveh has 40 days till they would be overthrown. The people began to fast and pray.
· The leaders officially declared fast and prayer. The message was heeded from the city.
· God spared the city
· Jonah goes to die, probably depressed because he feels useless, like God was never going to destroy the city
· God comes to him, and told him that indeed, God cares for Jonah, just like he cared for those in the city.
What can we learn from Jonah’s life
· God’s call and message are not always easy to relay
· When God calls us, we are to obey. We are not to question that calling
· Your sin will always be found, to the glory of God
· Not following God can effect many other people
· Jonah might well have missed out on a victorious part of his life by not initially doing what God called him to do.