God’s Story: Jonah

– [Narrator reads title]
(Pencil scribbles) So part of God’s story
is in the book of Jonah, and it begins like this. God told Jonah, “Go to
the city of Nineveh, “and tell the people
they have been wicked, “and they should stop being wicked (thunder cracks loudly)
“or I will destroy them.” But Jonah got scared and decided to go to the city of Tarshish by boat. Tarshish is in the opposite direction of where God wanted Jonah to go. Can you imagine running away from God? Anyway, when the boat was at sea,
God sent a storm. (wind and waves) The storm was so scary
that all the sailors thought the ship was gonna be destroyed. (thunder rumbling loudly) So they threw a bunch
of stuff off the ship. I don’t know how less
luggage was gonna help, but that’s what they did. While all of this was happening, Jonah was inside the ship sleeping.
(snoring) The captain saw him and said, “how can you sleep right now? “Pray to your God and ask for help.” Then the sailors decided to cast lots to find out who was
responsible for the storm. Casting lots is a lot like the lottery except when lots are cast, whoever wins doesn’t always really win,
(low horn blows) like this time when the lot fell to Jonah.
(low horn blows) The sailors asked him what he
had done to cause the storm and what they should do to make it stop. Jonah said, “Pick me up
and throw me into the sea. “That will calm the storm.” But the sailors didn’t want to. They tried really hard
to row back to shore, but the ship just didn’t go anywhere. So the sailors apologized to God for throwing Jonah overboard and then they threw him overboard. I don’t know if they
ever apologized to Jonah, but God is the one who
made the scary storm, and if you’re gonna apologize to anyone, you should apologize to God. It’s just a good idea in general. So as soon as Jonah was off
the boat, the storm stopped. I wonder if Jonah thought to himself, what am I gonna do now? Well, God had an answer. All of a sudden a big
fish swallowed Jonah. Yep, Jonah was now inside a fish.
(sloshing water) Things went from bad to worse real quick. Now the Bible says a fish swallowed Jonah. We don’t know if it was a
whale or something else, but whatever it was,
it had to be big enough to swallow a man whole
without having to chew. Kids, always chew your
food before swallowing. You’re not a giant fish. Anyway, Jonah was in
the stomach of the fish for three days and three nights. Can you imagine being stuck in a dark and stinky place for three days straight like a porta-potty? Well imagine being inside a big fish. Dark and sloshy and really stinky. Basically a porta potty with fins. After the three stinky days, God made the fish spit out Jonah. Actually, fish can’t really spit. Jonah got vomited out. Vomit is also known as
[Narrator reads words on screen] Basically the fish got rid
of Jonah through its mouth. Do you get the idea? So while stinky Jonah
was there on the beach, God told him a second
time to go to Nineveh and tell the people to stop being wicked. This time, Jonah went to Nineveh. Listening to God is always a good idea. When he arrived, he told the people that God said they should
turn from their evil ways. They believed him, so
everyone, and I mean everyone, fasted and put on sack cloths. Fasting is when you don’t eat
and pray really, really hard. Putting on a sack cloth is
putting on a sack cloth. Now when God saw how they
had stopped doing bad things and were really sorry, He
decided not to destroy them, and that’s the book of Jonah. So in case you missed it,
here’s the quick version. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jonah ran away on a boat. Jonah got thrown off the
boat to stop a storm. A fish swallowed Jonah. Three days later, the fish threw up Jonah. Jonah told people at Nineveh
to stop being wicked, and they stopped. God didn’t destroy them. (Pencil put down)

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