Jonah and the whale is one of the stories in the Bible that people often learn first when growing up in the church. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a story just for kids. The whole Bible is full of true stories that teach us many of life’s lessons. They speak to us at different times of our lives, as the Bible is God’s word. The book of Jonah is full of many lessons, and one lesson that sticks out the most is the teaching that God loves everyone and that we are not to judge other people.
Jonah was told to go to Nineveh, but he rebelled against God. Jonah was from Israel, and he felt that the people of Nineveh were sinners and were undeserving of being saved. Instead of doing what God asked, Jonah sailed off and decided to run away from God. Well, every Christian knows that you can’t run away from God. God’s will be done. God had Jonah swallowed up by a whale, and in that whale’s belly is where he stayed for three days.
Before Jonah was swallowed up by the whale, he knew himself that he was the cause of the storm that had come upon the ship. He was a stowaway on that ship, and the men had thrown him overboard. After being spit up by the whale, Jonah listened to God and went to Nineveh to tell the people that the city would be destroyed. The people were actually listening to Jonah, and so God had mercy on them.
Jonah again rebelled against God because God decided not to destroy the city of Nineveh. God had mercy on Jonah and showed him the true message. The true message is again that God loves everyone and suffers no one to perish if they turn to his love and his saving grace.