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How well do you know the basic stories of the Bible? Do you know the important characters in the Bible and where their stories are located in the Bible? This series will look at some of the foundational stories of the Bible that we each should know.
Using a simple reading from The Beginner’s Bible (Zondervan, 2005), we’ll be introduced to a new story each week. Use the chart below and read the text from your own Bible before coming to worship. Come with observations and questions. And, if you need a Bible, please contact Pastor Jacob.
Jonah and the Big Fish
See Jonah 1:1-3:10
Ninevah was a the capital of the Assyrian empire. It had a population of over 100,000 people who, in the words of God to Jonah, are doing evil. Go there, God told Jonah. “So Jonah got up—to flee” (Jonah 1:3). Jonah was afraid. He caught a boat and tried to go as far away from Ninevah as he could, but the boat was caught in a terrible storm. Jonah knew that the storm was caused by God because of his attempt to flee; so, Jonah told the crew to throw him overboard. The raging sea went calm. Jonah is swallowed by a big fish. While in the belly of the fish, Jonah prayed (see Jonah 2). He tells God what he’s going through and his fears. And, then Jonah makes a crucial acknowledgement: “Deliverance belongs with the Lord!” It is a crucial recognition played out throughout the story: salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord.
In what ways has God delivered you? How have you, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “been saved by grace through faith” (see Ephesians 2:8-10)?