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Fish Food

Fish Food

You know the story. You have heard it many times, I am sure. Jonah the prophet becomes FISH FOOD. When we look at images of the story it actually looks pretty clean inside the whale, however I am sure that if you really think about it that wouldn’t be the case. Think about it…digestive juices, sharp teeth, bony skeleton, internal organs and generally lots of grossness.

But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

So why did Jonah disobey God and end up in the fish?

God asked Jonah to go and preach to the Ninevites. Jonah disliked the Ninevites immensely. They worshipped idols, were ruthless, harsh, and unkind, wanted to rule the whole world and constantly were a threat to Israel. So, Jonah didn’t want to preach God’s word to them.

I would like to digress a little and tell you about my brother Rik.

My brother Rik looks quite different to me. He has dreadlocks, is covered in tattoos and rarely wears shoes when he is not at work. When he was in high school, he was a naughty boy, a really naughty boy. He got in lots of trouble, and he had friends that got him in a lot of trouble. Now I loved my brother – I still do – but I really disliked his friends. Whenever they came to visit, I was always really mean to them and yet my Mum and Dad always showed them love and kindness. One day I asked my parents why they did that because they were bad friends to my brother.

My Mum said to me that God loves them as much as he loves me. I thought, but I am good, I am honest, I believe in God, I try to help other people…God shouldn’t love my brother’s friends like he loves me.

In John 3.16 it says:

‘God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life.’ (CEV)

God so loved the world,

Not…. God so loved the good people, God so loved the ones that love him back, God so loved the believers.

God so loved the world!

Lesson 1 from Jonah… GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE… no ifs, buts or maybes.

God loved the Ninevites. God loved Jonah.

God loves those people we find difficult, he loves those people who speak badly about us, he loves those people who we find incredibly difficult to love. Who is God wanting you to love today?

Lesson 2 from Jonah… GOD GIVES EVERYONE SECOND CHANCES… AND THIRD… AND FOURTH…

The first time Jonah messed up; the second time God used him powerfully. Not only did God give Jonah a second chance, but he also gave the city of Nineveh a second chance.

Who do you need to give a second chance to?

A friend, a colleague, a sports team member, a family member, a partner.

With God’s help we can give second chances… and third… and fourth.

 Thérèse Abraham

Director Senior Primary