Rebel Prophet Story (Jonah 1)
Wicked City – city, serpent, crown, cloud – God told his prophet Jonah to visit Nineveh City and announce his judgement against the people for their wickedness.
Jonah’s Escape – water, sailboat, man, flame – Jonah chose to board a sailboat heading away from the city.
Terrible Storm – thunderstorm, boat, waves – God sent a violent storm. The sailors prayed to their gods for help. They woke up Jonah and asked him to pray also.
Self Sacrifice – water, boat, sailor, flag – Jonah knew the storm was his fault. He convinced the sailors to throw him overboard. When Jonah hit the water, the storm stopped. The sailors believed in God. God also sent a whale to rescue Jonah. He lived inside for three days.
- Why would a prophet rebel against God’s command?
- Do you think Jonah really thought he could avoid obeying God? Have you ever run away from God?
- Why did the sailors ask Jonah to pray to his God?
- What indicates that these sailors were good men?
- Make a list of all the descriptions of this great storm.
- How did this experience change the sailors’ beliefs?
- When has God judged you for rebelling against him?
- How do we witness God as Redeemer in this story?
The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.
- Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
- Tell the story with the drawings.
- Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
- Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
- Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
- Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.
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