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Jonah 1 and 2 The LORD gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: "Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh! Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are."

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But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction in order to get away from the LORD. He went down to the seacoast, to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish.

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He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping that by going away to the west he could escape from the LORD.

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But as the ship was sailing along, suddenly the LORD flung a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to send them to the bottom.

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Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

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And all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. So the captain went down after him. "How can you sleep at a time like this?" he shouted. "Get up and pray to your god!

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Maybe he will have mercy on us and spare our lives." Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, Jonah lost the toss.

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"What have you done to bring this awful storm down on us?" they demanded. "Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?"

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And Jonah answered, "I am a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land." Then he told them that he was running away from the LORD.

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The sailors were terrified when they heard this. "Oh, why did you do it?" they groaned. And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, "What should we do to you to stop this storm?"

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Throw me into the sea," Jonah said, "and it will become calm again. For I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.“

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Instead, the sailors tried even harder to row the boat ashore. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn't make it.

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Then they cried out to the LORD, Jonah's God. "O LORD," they pleaded, "don't make us die for this man's sin. And don't hold us responsible for his death, because it isn't our fault. O LORD, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.“

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Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! The sailors were awestruck by the LORD's great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

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Now the LORD had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

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Is it possible? Article in Cleveland Plain Dealer Quotes Dr. Harry Ransom about a dog who was swallowed by a Rhinodon in the English Channel and was found 6 days later. Dr. Harry Rimmer, President of the Research Science Bureau of L.A. said they found an account of an English sailor swallowed by a giant Rhinodon in the English Channel in the Literary Digest. – rescued 48 hours later still alive inside the fish.

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Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. He said, "I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me.

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I called to you from the world of the dead, and LORD, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea.

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I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, `O LORD, you have driven me from your presence. How will I ever again see your holy Temple?'

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"I sank beneath the waves, and death was very near. The waters closed in around me, and seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

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I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was locked out of life and imprisoned in the land of the dead. But you, O LORD my God, have snatched me from the yawning jaws of death!

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"When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the LORD. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.

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Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God's mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone."

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Then the LORD ordered the fish to spit up Jonah on the beach, and it did.

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 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”

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But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 

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For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.

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“The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.

Summary: Part 1 of Series "Jonah" delivered on October 1, 2017 at Pine Island UMC

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