He said: "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry." 2:2
WRITTEN TO: THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH
CENTURY WRITTEN: 800-750 B.C
KEY BIBLE VERSE: JONAH 2:2
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CHAPTERS 1&3: JONAH'S ENCOUNTERS WITH NON-ISRAELITES
CHAPTERS 2&4: PRAYERS OF JONAH
POETIC & NARRATIVE
Jonah is addressed by God, to go and preach against evil and injustice. But instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah tries to run away, finding a ship. Whilst asleep God sends a huge storm to wake Jonah. Jonah then then does a poor attempt of calling the people to repentance, then wishes that he dies. But God stops Jonah's plan to die, by providing a tomb in the stomach of a large fish. Jonah utters prayer whilst in the the stomach where he thanks God for not abandoning him. Finally once spit out of the fish, God tells Jonah to preach in Nineveh. There Jonah has one day to preach his 5 word sermon, but whatever his motives are for only preaching 5 words it doesn't matter because the entire city repent. God then forgives the Ninevites and doesn't bring destruction down on them.
1. Repenting means to turn away from something wrong.
KEY TEACHING POINTS
1. Repentance means to totally change direction.
2. We all need to repent at times and go back towards God.
1. Repentance is doing a u turn, from one way to another.
2. We must repent from all our ways that lead away from God.
AGE APPROPRIATE ADAPTATIONS
For the age of the children in Mini's you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners.
For the age of the children in Kids Church you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners.