Jonah 2

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Jonah
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         JONAH 2

Thanks for reading.  So far, we have read that the Prophet Jonah was told to go to the city of Nineveh,
located in northern Iraq, to witness against its wickedness.  Instead, Jonah went to Joppa, on the coast
of Isreal, to board a ship headed west for Tarshish.  Tarshish is on the west side of the mediterranean
sea on the southern shore of Spain.

God caused a violent storm.  During the storm, Jonah went below deck and fell asleep.

Jonah 1:6  The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep?  Get up and call on your god!”

The sailors decided to cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.  The lot fell on Jonah.

Because the lot fell on Jonah and because Jonah told them he was running away from the Lord, they
questioned him about this storm.

Jonah 1:8  “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us?  What do you do?  Where do
you come from?  What is your country?  From what people are you?”

Jonah 1:9  He answered, “I am Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea
and the land.”

The sailors asked Jonah, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”

Jonah 1:12  “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm.  I know that it
is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

Instead, the sailors did their best to row back to land.  They could not, for the sea grew even wilder.  The
men cried out to the Lord, “O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this mans life, for killing this man.”

Jonah 1:15  Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

Next week, we will finish the story of Jonah before we examine how he could survive inside the belly of a
great fish for three days.

Thanks so much for reading.  It’s an honor to wright about Gods word.  God bless.



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