Jonah’s Big Adventure

The story of Jonah takes place  during the reign of Jeroboam II of Israel, (2 Kings 14:25) even though it is placed towards the end of the O.T.  We learn many important lessons…  1)  You  can’t hide from God. Jonah ran in the opposite direction of where God had called him.  2) Sin always affects the innocent around us. The crew was panic-stricken and appalled that a man who feared and supposedly worshipped the Creator of the sea and dry land, would disobey Him and bring the great tempest upon them. 3) God is merciful . The sea stopped raging after the sailors  threw Jonah overboard which resulted in their worship of the true and living God…and He prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, where he was preserved for three days and three nights. 4) God gives second chances.  He called  to Jonah a second time to cry against that great city, Nineveh. 5) Repentance needs to be accompanied  by a change in life-style. The people believed the message of the prophet and the king made a proclamation, “Let every man cry mightily to God.  Yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands”…and  God revoked His sentence of judgement when he saw their repentance. 6) God is not willing that any perish.  Jonah was angry with the Lord for being gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness , and would rather die than have the Lord forgive his enemies. The book of Jonah challenges us to recognize God is sovereign and never bound by human misconceptions.  “Let God be true and every man a liar”. Romans 3:4

You will need brass brads for the hinge  on the fishes mouth, also I used gummed reinforcements as scales.  They are now available in foil, so that is even better!  To keep Jonah from disappearing on the way home, tape a square behind the mouth.(cut out piece inside the dotted area)

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