Jonah Chapter 1 

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Jonah 1

 

Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

47 thoughts on “Jonah Chapter 1 

  1. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord , the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord , because he had told them.
    Jonah 1:8‭-‬10 KJV

    Jonah was under a few mistaken impressions. First, he erroneously thought that he could outrun God’s will and hide from an omnipresent and omniscient God. Then, he falsely felt that his failures wouldn’t have to be atoned for and wouldn’t affect anyone else.

    People often make decisions forgetting that they are not the only ones who will have to live with them. Fear and/or selfishness cloud the judgment and make people oblivious to or uncaring of the consequences of their actions. However, we never act in a vacuum. The Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out,
    (Numbers 32:23), and when it does, it is often those closest to us who pay the highest price.

  2. Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

    2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

    5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

    6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

    7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

    8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

    9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

    10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

    It is sad to think how much sin is committed in great cities. Their wickedness, as that of Nineveh, is a bold and open affront to God. Jonah must go at once to Nineveh, and there, on the spot, cry against the wickedness of it. Jonah would not go. Probably there are few among us who would not have tried to decline such a mission. Providence seemed to give him an opportunity to escape; we may be out of the way of duty, and yet may meet with a favourable gale. The ready way is not always the right way. See what the best of men are, when God leaves them to themselves; and what need we have, when the word of the Lord comes to us, to have the Spirit of the Lord to bring every thought within us into obedience.

  3. It’s Always GOd who has the last word!
    We give the devil too much credit when bad thing happen….
    Jonah knew that it was because of his desobidience that the storm , tempest arose…… GOd is sooo good that will cause caos to happen in our lives, so that we can come to our mind and meditate and come to the conclusion to examen ourselves to see if we are still in the faith and in the will of Holy God,walking in obidience….
    1:4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and was. A mighty tempest in the sea,so that the ship was like to be broken.
    ……….
    Thank God for his mercy towards me and my family!
    I pray
    I seek
    I obey
    I PRAISE
    🙌🙌🙌🙌

  4. Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
    Jonah 1:1 KJV

    Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
    Jonah 1:2 KJV

    But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord , and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord .
    Jonah 1:3 KJV

    You can think that you can run and hide from the presence of the Lord. Most of us past our lives seeking the calling of God. Spending a lifetime for the call that was never there. God has a purpose for your life just answer to call don’t make it hard on yourself

    A.L.M.A.S.

  5. “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord . He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.
    Jonah 1:2‭-‬3 NLT

    DISOBEDIENCE and FEAR will take you down a road that you never expected to take. We can become prisoners of our own actions in life! We as the children of GOD are not to be silent – but to GO and preach the KINGDOM OF GOD unto all the nations. Our only purpose in this journey called life is to reach for the lost. .. Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE…

  6. 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    You can not hide from the Lord

  7. 1. Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

    2. Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

    17. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    We serve such a loving God!
    He sent Jonah to cry against Nineveh when He could have just destroyed it because of their wickedness, and He sent a great fish to swallow Jonah when He could have let him drown because of his disobedience.

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    3. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord , and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord .

    4. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

    15. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

    Sometimes that storm we are going through may be God’s way of telling us to abandon a ship that’s headed the wrong way.

  8. Jonah 1:4-6
    4) But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
    5) Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
    6) So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

    “What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise”
    The question here would be, “How many ‘Sleeping Christians’ are there in the church today?” There’s chaos in the world (a mighty tempest in the sea), there’s prayer meetings going on (and cried every man to his god), and there’s work to be done (and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea) for God’s Kingdom, but too many “Christians are Sleeping” through it all.

    Ephesians 5:14 says, “… Awake thou that sleepest, and arise…”
    St. Luke 22:46 says, “… Why sleep ye? rise and pray,…”
    Now is not the time to be “Sleeping,” but “that now it is high time to awake out of sleep,” and to Arise and be Praying and Working for God’s Kingdom.

  9. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord

    Things kept going downhill when Jonah decided to run from the will of God. He allowed his fear of the task to be greater than his God. Instead we should take our fears to our God knowing that through him we can overcome and he will be our help to accomplish his will-whatever it may be for us.

  10. THY KINGDOM COME
    OBEDIENCE

    8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
    9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
    10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
    11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

    The disobedience of Job placed the lives of innocent people in danger. When we are Born Again into The Kingdom of GOD, we no longer serve our will, but we serve the will of GOD.

    Because Jonah was disobedient. the lives of every person on the ship was in danger. Teaching us that our choices do not only affect us, but they also affect those around us. Wherever we go, whatever we are doing, if we are no living in obedience to the WORD and WILL of GOD the we place the lives of others in harms way.

    JESUS is serious about the Kingdom Principal of OBEDIENCE. Lets today examine our lives to see if we are Living in OBEDIENCE to the WORD of GOD and the WILL of GOD in every area of our life.

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    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  11. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.

    19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
    20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
    21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord‘s.

    No matter what we are called to do and no matter how preferred we think we are, we must never forget to fear and respect the word of God. The fisherman feared God more than Jonah had, Jonah requested that the men throw him out rather than jump out himself, I pray that the Lord will be done and we have the fear and respect to Go in the direction he calls us and not the other way.

  12. A person’s Disobedience to God causes difficulty in the lives of others don’t allow prejudice and fear to control your actions just do what God has commissioned you to do.

    Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
    v.2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  13. Jonah 1:13-17
    13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
    14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.
    15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
    16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.
    17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

  14. iLove the Kingdom
    3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    We can all run, but you cannot hide. The thing about God is that He is everywhere at all times. The harder we run is the harder we fall. Jonah ran from God because he apparently prefered the people of Nineveh to die than to repent. Is that our attitude towards the lost when God puts it in our hearts to outreach yet we run elsewhere? Do we put on the mantle of Jonah and go back to sleep rather then awake and pass out invites (Whether paper or word of mouth)?

    Church arise and shine and lets take the Word of repentance into the streets.

  15. But the LORD hurled a powerful wind over the sea,
    causing a violent storm that threatened to break
    the ship aport. Jonah 1:4 NLT

    Negative things not always are caused by the devil. we given too much credit to the enemy . Many times is our own disobedience the cause the situations .
    The Lord has to use life to correct us to fulfill his will.

  16. Jonah 1:4 (English Amp ) But the Lord sent out a great wind upon the sea, and there was a violent tempest in the sea so that the ship was about to be broken. This was all because of Jonah’s being disobedient. [ Psalms 107:23-27] Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters. These see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.For he commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.Those aboard mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps. Their courage melts away because of their distresses. A person disobedience to God can cause difficult in people’s life’s.

  17. THY KINGDOM COME

    1 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
    2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
    4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

    It is Better to Face Your Fate than to Flee Your Fears.

  18. The story of Jonah is of course a familiar one, though it’s interesting to consider the outset of his journey. God sent him to Nineveh, ‘But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.’

    Once he left the will of God, the providence of God was no longer available to support his decisions. He had to find the ship himself and he even had to pay for it himself… God was not going to support his willful disobedience. His journey was also a downward progression. He figuratively went down when he headed to Joppa and went down yet further when he acted upon that choice to go with them away from the Lord.

    Any walk outside of God’s will is a downward spiral. It may have seemed like a hopeless situation, ‘But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.’ Jonah may have headed away from God’s will, but he couldn’t escape the hand of an omnipresent God… and God didn’t give up on Jonah.

    We know the end of the story and for Jonah it didn’t end in trajedy because he did finally repent and go to Nineveh. We can’t afford to take such risks in our walk with God. We don’t need to be struggling against his will, we need our steps coming ever closer to a God who is willing to direct each and every one of our steps until we finally reach the end of our journey in the midst of his presence!

  19. Running away from your calling

    3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    How often I have turned away from what I know God has called me to be. And as Jonah, God had to allow me to go through a very testing storm, that i caused. It doesn’t mean that if we go down the path that God has shown us that there would not be times of tests and trials. Those always come. But, if we do what we are called to do, God’s covering is on us, our pastor’s covering is over us. If we will just get that when we do what we are called to do God will make away for us to succeed. We are His children, his servants. He is our King and we are in His Kingdom.

  20. 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

    If God has called you to do something, you can run, but you can’t hide. Save yourself some time and trouble by doing what God has called you to do the first time around. His work will be accomplished, while you’re in the belly of the fish fighting your will against God, God may send someone else to do the task, and they will experience the benefit.

    Don’t run!

  21. Jonah ran from the presence of the Lord
    So the Lord send a great wind
    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
    Don’t ever think you can run from GOD

  22. 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

    It’s never just us. And once we turn our lives to God, it’s never just about us because we are brought into the body of Christ meaning our actions and decisions effect the whole body of Christ. The sooner we realize that, the better – then we begin to act with more discipline and become Kingdom minded as we focus on His Kingdom and His purpose to grow His people (the body of Christ).

  23. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    You cant run from God! No matter what you try to do and no matter how far you go it will never be far enough to escape him. God knows how to get our attention and stop us in our tracks. He knows how to put a stop to our fleeing and get us to do His will. We must obey God and not run from him.

  24. 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

    What you do goes up before the Lord. Whether it be a sweet savor or a stink of wickedness, both God sends a recompense to. Nineveh did not send up a sweet savor. Which is why God sent one of his men to cry against it in warning and judgement. Which brings up the question, what are we sending up before the Lord? He wants to pore out blessings so it must be good, but not good enough. What does God want us to add or take away?

  25. I Love To Worship The Lord
    vs-9
    and he said I am a Jew I worship Jehovah the God of heaven who made the earth and sea. Then he told them he was running away from the Lord.
    This was an important addition to Jonahs description of God because most people who believed in pagan gods had different deities for different regions of the created world and often they also worshiped deities of their own locatities. Jonah was affirming that there is only one true God.

  26. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
    The world is coming to the church and saying wake up pray and witness to us that we perish not! God help us to do our part because we know You will not fail to do yours!

  27. 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

  28. 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.”

    Many people think the decisions they make only affect them by saying “it’s my life, i can do whatever I want.” However here it clearly shows the chaos Jonah brought to those around him because of his fear. His fear chocked him that made him run! I laughed at this story because at the beginning of this I also wanted to flee like Jonah but God spoke to me daily and I had to rebuke that fear out of my life and GO and DO what God has called me to do!!! Lord help me be conscience that everything I do I am not only doing it for my own soul but for other people’s soul!!!

  29. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

    Why does it always take a massive storm in our lives to bring us closer to God? Why can’t the love and the relationship and the passion already be there?

    I pray we fall in a deeper love with the Master of the Universe. That we desire closeness and intimacy with the One True Living God. That we become passionate about what He holds close to His heart. THY KINGDOM COME

  30. Jonah 1

    1 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

    2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    Scripture does not say why Jonah ran from the presence of the Lord. Was their sin in his heart ? Was there a battle of rebellion going on . I do not know. But we know he ran from the presence of God. Running away from God surely is not the best answer to any of our life ‘s issues. Even in the midst of our deepest trials I Have found running is not the best answer. The problem delima and the sin will still be tight there with you. . In His presence is where we will find the peace and the answers we seek. So the next time you feel like running why not run right back into the arms of God. They are always open and ready.

  31. Josiah: 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
    It is impossible to physical flee from God on Earth when He is everywhere. When God has placed a calling on our life it is up to us to except it. However when we do our calling we will grow spiritually and in turn get closer to God. There is no need to push off your calling when the Lord calls you. So, let us GO DO THE WILL OF THE LORD!

  32. It is cool how when the others on the ship realized that their gods would not answer them for the storm, they turned to Jonah and asked him to call upon his God. Even after the lots were cast and fell to Jonah, he told them that he fled from God, the one who made the very seas that were tormenting them and when they cast him in the sea, the storm ceased. It is cool how even the very definition of God, just the single act of taking a storm away from someone’s life would cause them to offer sacrifices and fear the Lord. Truly there is so much awesome to God and we truly don’t know the full extent of what He can do or has done. God is powerful and mighty. I am glad that I am on His side! Praise the Lord for He is great and mighty to be praised!! Praise the Lord!

  33. 17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    The Lord PREPAIRED a great fish to swallow Jonah up.

  34. 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

    14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

    15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

    Even in one man’s disobedience the Lord used it to still bring glory to his name and that other men would fear him.

  35. 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
    16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.
    17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Instant conversion of the crew.

  36. 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
    16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

    They all of a sudden believed and started praying to The GOD of heaven!!! Although he was in disobedience GOD in His infinite mercy still used him to reach the men in that ship. Just because GOD uses an individual doesn’t mean that he is in right standing with GOD……

  37. Verse 3 MSG “But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish—as far away from God as he could get.” Omnipresent: widely or constantly encountered; common or widespread – (of God) present everywhere at the same time. Jonah could have saved himself a lot of trouble and grief; but, his decision to be disobedient almost cost innocent lives that had nothing to do with his decision. God cannot bless bad decisions.

  38. 3But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish.

    Running from the Lord. We all have intentionally ran from God. At some we have allowed the fire for God to burn out. We don’t have the passion for God, like we first did when we received the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we’ll continue to run from God.

  39. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

    First of all there is nowheere we can flee to that God won’t know where we are. Jonah running away from the calling God sent him on will only take him down the long road there. When the people on boat witness the great power of God they come to respect him. Even though Jonah was not the best example of a prophet at this moment he was still a man of God. The people on the boat cried out to their false gods but found no solstice. The living God was going to give Jonah a wake up call and reveal his omnipotence before them. The sailors even asked God not to hold them responsible for Jonah’s sin. As soon as they threw him off the boat the storm stopped. Not only will Nineveh be reached but so will the sailors.

  40. The sailors were awestruck by the Lord ’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.(Jonah 1:16 NLT)

    In this verse it explains to me that sailors were astounded by how great and all-powerful Jonah’s God was so the sailors offered a sacrifice to God and they promised to turn away from sin to serve Jesus.

  41. 15 They took Jonah and threw him overboard. Immediately the sea was quieted down.

    It would be wonderful if God responded to us immediately – every time we ask him. He does not work that way. Jonah basically prophesied that if they would throw him over the storm would cease and the sea would calm. That is what happened. I am sure we have each prayed for a particular storm in our life to cease and be still only to have it continue to rage. Maybe our storm was of our own doing. Maybe the storm we found ourselves in had nothing to do with us. It could be we are close enough to the person who is going through the storm on purpose that we are affected by the storm.

    Sometimes, we may be right where God wants us to be and someone comes into our lives with their own plans and agenda and we get involved in their storm simply be being there. Not all situations like this need us to completely remove these kind of people from our lives, such as the sailors did. Some people just need the time to understand where they are and what they must do. Other people in our lives do need to be pushed to the outer limits.

  42. 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

    16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

    Jonah’s disobedience ended up being an opportunity for the sailors to see the power of God and they turned their eyes to him because of it. That doesn’t mean we should do the same, but it means that we should know that God is control no matter what decision people make. His disobedience caused the storm, but when they him into the sea and the storm stopped, it allowed for opportunity for God to work his power and give some sailors who didn’t know anything about God to see him for his true power and so they turned to him as the God of their lives. In every situation God makes a way.

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