'Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it,
because its wickedness has come up before me.'
But Jonah ran away from the Lord
and headed for Tarshish.
He went down to Joppa,
where he found a ship bound for that port.
After paying the fare,
he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea,
and such a violent storm arose
that the ship threatened to break up.
All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god.
And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck,
where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
The captain went to him and said,
'How can you sleep?
Get up and call on your god!
Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish.'
Then the sailors said to each other,
'Come, let us cast lots to find out
who is responsible for this calamity.'
They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
So they asked him,
'Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us?
What do you Do? Where do you come from?
What is your country? From what people are you?'
He answered, 'I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord,
the God of heaven, who make the sea and the land.'
This terrified them, and they asked, 'What have you done?'
(They knew he was running away from the Lord,
because he had already told them so.)"
Don't Run from God
God told Jonah to go to Nineveh,
that was the last place Jonah wanted
to go on a missionary trip!
So he went his own way, in an opposite direction.
He boarded a ship in Joppa that headed to Tarshish.
But Jonah could not run from God,
nor can we!!!