A Great City (Jonah 1:1-6)Erik DiVietro, 3 January, 2016
Part of the Jonah: It Is a Whale of a Tale series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Jonah: It Is a Whale of a Tale series, part 1.
Jonah is a Hebrew masterpiece. It features six great things: a great city (Nineveh), a great storm, a great fear, a great fish, a great displeasure, and a great joy.
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1Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. 4But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. (KJV)