The book of jonah the story of jonah has great theological import it concerns a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission, was cast overboard in a storm and swallowed by a great fish, rescued in a marvelous manner, and returned to his starting point now he obeys and goes to nineveh, the capital of. The mariners fearing for their life, also lose wealth, and suffer great losses throwing the cargo overboard, on account of jonah sinfulness and so too in our own culture, how much pain is caused i hope to read more of your reflections on other bible stories asshur s lazar says: october 9, 2013 at 20:56. The story of jonah and the whale records one of the strangest events in the bible learn the large lessons jonah did as you instead of drowning, jonah was swallowed by a great fish, which god provided in the belly of the whale, jonah question for reflection jonah thought he knew better than god. So jonah receives word from the god of israel to go to the great city of nineveh and preach against it the wickedness of its people has come to the attention of god and god wants jonah to go tell them about it (jonah 1:1-2) nineveh was the flourishing capital of the assyrian empire, at the time of this story,. God sends a storm 1:4-8 2 jonah admits his failure 1:8-17 3 jonah is swallowed by the great fish 1:17 ii jonah turns back to god 2:1-10 a jonah's prayer 2:1-9 b jonah is delivered by god it must be understood that is no reflection on the bible that we sometimes disagree as to the interpretation of a part of it. Jonah 4 beautifully builds to a climactic punch, where god challenges jonah regarding god's mission to have compassion on all sorts of different people- even people jonah personally hates of course, god is challenging us, the reader, through jonah during the sunday sermon a couple weeks ago, we ended by. Some background, however, is necessary for a modern audience to understand the conflict within jonah's heart and soul god's instruction in both 1:1 and 3:1 is to go to nineveh, the great city to an israelite like jonah, this would be equivalent to announcing today, go to osama bin laden's compound.
In satire everything is too big, too fast, too loud, too something in order to make one point or another about life as the author was experiencing it and so it is with jonah the author of jonah was skewering prophets who had become mountebanks, men of god who were not in reality men of god at all, but. A short reflection on jonah should i not have compassion on nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well god then appoints a great fish to swallow jonah, where he spends three days and three nights. But then things change, the text tells us: “god appointed a great fish to swallow jonah and jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights then jonah prayed to the lord, his god, from the belly of the fish” so we learn from the book of jonah the possibility, the aspiration, that stress and.
Or go and tell them the first is the call to discipleship the second, a summons to accompaniment and companionship the third, a push into prophetic ministry, to go forth and announce to the world of war and injustice god's desire for peace and justice jonah is the worst and the greatest of the prophets. ''the word of the lord came to jonah, arise, go to nineveh, that great city, and cry against it for their wickedness is come up before me but jonah rose up to flee unto though the book contains no direct prophecy, the experience of jonah is itself a reflection of the message of god jonah, whose name.
Rather, i think that jonah's story is intended to be an opportunity to look within ourselves, a challenge to find those areas in our lives where we might be silently (or perhaps not so silently) refusing the will of god i think that, on some level, even the best of us struggle with change and stepping outside of the. The story of jonah is a favorite in the sunday school classroom and for those of us who remember the story, one aspect of the narrative is most memorable we remember that jonah is eventually consumed by a whale or a fish or some sea creature he spends three days in that great beast's belly only to.
The following is a reflection on jonah 3: 1-5, 10, the hebrew bible lesson appointed for january 22, 2011, the third sunday after the epiphany – according to the revised common lectionary also on this site is a reflection on the gospel lesson for the same day, and a version of the prayers of the people. It's entirely possible, and perhaps probable, that it was part of the wisdom of god that jonah, at first, resisted his will why would god do this most likely for our sake in that jonah becomes a great example for us it seems clear that one of the main lessons from jonah's life was that god is relentless in his. Reflections on the book of jonah 1 backdrop the book of jonah – a short and concise work of forty-eight verses – addresses a major theological issue and contains several subthemes and messages of great import as human personality , especially as it concerns one's relationship with g-d and his ways, is immensely.
Dr finger introduces a new bible study series on jonah, providing background, a literary analysis, and lessons we can learn from this book.
Though the book contains no direct prophecy, the experience of jonah is itself a reflection of the message of god jonah, whose name means ''dove,'' was one of the earliest the lord said again, ''arise, go unto nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that i bid thee'' (3:2) jonah did not hesitate this time. Passage: scripture when god saw that the people had stopped doing evil things, he had pity and did not destroy reflection on jonah 3:1-10 we so thing because we believe god is telling us to do them with no sense of anything great. 2003 the center for christian ethics christian reflection a series in faith and ethics the sign of jonah jesus' mysterious invocation of “the sign of jonah” jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three try as in continuity with, and bringing to a climax, the work of the great prophets of the old testament. “as jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (catechetical lectures, on mt 12:40) in the case of jonah, however, the calming of the sea and his “resurrection” from the belly of the great fish are works wrought.