Advent Day 20: Jonah & the Whale

Ornament: Whale

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Bible Passage: Jonah 1-2

Short Version (for Tots):

The word of the LORD came to Jonah: Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; for their wickedness has come before me.

But Jonah made ready to flee away from the LORD. He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down in it to go with them to Tarshish, away from the LORD.

The LORD, however, hurled a great wind upon the sea, and the storm was so great that the ship was about to break up.

Jonah responded, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea and then the sea will calm down for you. For I know that this great storm has come upon you because of me.”

Then they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea stopped raging.

But the LORD sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah prayed to the LORD, his God, from the belly of the fish:

Out of my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.

Then the LORD commanded the fish to vomit Jonah upon dry land.


 

Full Version:

The word of the LORD came to Jonah,a son of Amittai: Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; for their wickedness has come before me.

But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish, away from the LORD. He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down in it to go with them to Tarshish, away from the LORD.

The LORD, however, hurled a great wind upon the sea, and the storm was so great that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors were afraid and each one cried to his god. To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw its cargo into the sea. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship, and lay there fast asleep.

The captain approached him and said, “What are you doing asleep? Get up, call on your god! Perhaps this god will be mindful of us so that we will not perish.”

Then they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots to discover on whose account this evil has come to us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.

They said to him, “Tell us why this evil has come to us! What is your business? Where do you come from? What is your country, and to what people do you belong?”

“I am a Hebrew,” he replied; “I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

Now the men were seized with great fear and said to him, “How could you do such a thing!”—They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD, because he had told them.

They asked, “What shall we do with you, that the sea may calm down for us?” For the sea was growing more and more stormy.

Jonah responded, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea and then the sea will calm down for you. For I know that this great storm has come upon you because of me.”

Still the men rowed hard to return to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more stormy.

Then they cried to the LORD: “Please, O LORD, do not let us perish for taking this man’s life; do not charge us with shedding innocent blood, for you, LORD, have accomplished what you desired.”

Then they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea stopped raging.

Seized with great fear of the LORD, the men offered sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.But the LORD sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah prayed to the LORD, his God, from the belly of the fish:

Out of my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me;
From the womb of Sheol I cried for help,
and you heard my voice.

You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea,
and the flood enveloped me;
All your breakers and your billows
passed over me.

Then I said, “I am banished from your sight!
How will I again look upon your holy temple?”

The waters surged around me up to my neck;
the deep enveloped me;
seaweed wrapped around my head.

I went down to the roots of the mountains;
to the land whose bars closed behind me forever,
But you brought my life up from the pit,
O LORD, my God.

When I became faint,
I remembered the LORD;
My prayer came to you
in your holy temple.

Those who worship worthless idols
abandon their hope for mercy.

But I, with thankful voice,
will sacrifice to you;
What I have vowed I will pay:
deliverance is from the LORD.

Then the LORD commanded the fish to vomit Jonah upon dry land.

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“Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come, my justice,
about to be revealed.”

– Isaiah 56:1

Advent is the perfect time to work on improving ourselves. We are always called to do the right thing, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy. Do you ever wonder why there is pain and sadness in the world? It is because we are sinners, and sins hurt us and distance us from God.

When your brother pulls your hair, he is not being nice and it hurts your head! When your friend doesn’t share her toy, you feel sad. When someone does something wrong, not only does it hurt them, but it hurts God, too! We are all called to avoid these bad things and work to be holy children. What have you been doing this Advent season to be a good and holy child of God?

Let us pray…

Dear Jesus,

I want to be holy and good the way You are! Help me each day to do the right thing, even if it isn’t always easy.

Forgive me for the things I have done that are not very nice. I know that when I am naughty I hurt myself, others and You! I promise to work to be a holy child of God!

Amen.


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