Bible Challenge — May 2019


Read Jonah 1.*******

God called Jonah to preach a message of repentance to the people of Nineveh, the capital city of the Assyrian Empire, who were, at the time, oppressing the Israelites.  It would be like a rabbi in Jerusalem traveling to Iran, walking into downtown Tehran and sating, “Hey, get your act together, or God is going to destroy you”  Probably not the best plan.

So Jonah did what any sensible Israelite would do: he ran and caught a ship going to Tarshish, which was in exactly the opposite direction of Nineveh \.  When the storm hit the ship, the sailors panicked.  That’s what sailors are supposed to do.  Storms=death.  So they looked at all the possible reasons why such a thing would happen, and naturally they turned to the spiritual world, wondering which god they needed to satisfy.

And where was Jonah during all this Chaos?  Asleep.  Can you believe it?  Even the captain was stunned to find Jonah snoring below the deck.  Maybe Jonah was tired from running away.  Maybe the waves rocked him to sleep.  Whatever the reason, God gave him a wake -up call.  Thankfully Jonah had caught up on his zzzzzz’s because for the next three nights he probably didn’t sleep a wink. Thefish-belly accommodations were simply horrible.

What about you?  Are you asleep? Does God have a plan for you, but you’re snoring away?  Is there a storm right outside that you’re choosing to ignore?  You’d better wake up, unless you like the taste of fish.  It’s better to be going in the direction God called you begrudgingly than to sleep away his will for your life.



  1. In what city did Jonah catch the ship?
  2. Whom did each sailor cry out to when the storm hit the ship Jonah had boarded?
  3. What did the sailors first throw into the sea to lighten the ship?
  4. How did the sailors determine it was Jonah’s fault for the storm?
  5. What did Jonah suggest the sailors should do to calm the storm?

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        ANSWERS TO:   Kids sayeth the Cutest Things—Jonah

  1. Joppa (Jonah 1:3)
  2. His own god (Jonah 1:5)
  3. Cargo (Jonah 1:5)
  4. They cast lots (Jonah 1:7)
  5. Pick him up and throw him into the sea (Jonah 1:12