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Overview of Jonah

Jonah Overview

The Book of Jonah may be considered to be one of the most interesting books in the Bible. Written about a renegade Hebrew prophet who was called to preach to one of the most evil empires in history, it contains some memorable passages such as the following:

Jonah 1:17 – “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.”

Jonah 2:1 – “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish.”

Jonah 2:9 – “Salvation is from the Lord.”

Jonah 2:10 – “Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.”

Jonah 3:5 – “Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.”

Many of us learned these verses as a child in Sunday School and they have stuck with us ever since. We cannot forget them because there is something moving about the Book of Jonah. There is something special that captures our attention.

Even the outline of the Book of Jonah is unforgettable. If we were to survey the Book from Jonah’s point of view concerning Nineveh, it would go something like this.

Chapter 1 – “I won’t go”

Chapter 2 – “I will go”

Chapter 3 – “I am here”

Chapter 4 – “I want to leave”

All of this is to say that our church would benefit greatly from a study of this book. We could learn so much from Jonah concerning God, repentance, and His desire to save the nations. So, starting on July 28, we are going to begin a series on the Book of Jonah called “A Whale of a Tale” series. The title is self-explanatory because it really is a “Whale of a Tale.” It is a miraculous account of one of the most stubborn characters in the Old Testament and His all-powerful and all-consuming God. Please pray that the Lord would bless our study of it. Have a great week and I will see you on Sunday morning at 9:30 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. - Jeremy Cagle