Jonah and the Whale Resources
Free online resources based on the Biblical story of Jonah and the great fish, or Jonah and the whale. Jonah’s story can be found in the Bible in the book of Jonah. See below for links to sermons, songs, stories and entertaining sites for this wonderful story about forgiveness.
Now the Lord had prepared and appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. – Jonah 1:17 <AMP>
Jonah and the Whale Summary
God instructed Jonah to go to the evil city of Nineveh and preach. Instead of obeying God, Jonah fled on a ship in the opposite direction. During the voyage, a great storm almost destroyed the ship. Realizing his sin might lead to the destruction of the ship, Jonah instructed the sailors to throw him overboard. The storm ceased and the ship was saved.
Jonah thought he would drown in the sea. But God wasn’t through with him. He commanded a giant fish to swallow him. Inside the belly of the fish, Jonah asked God to forgive him. After three days, the fish spit Jonah onto dry land and he traveled to Nineveh as God had commanded. Satan was trying his best to destroy Jonah, but God loved Jonah and the people of Nineveh so much, He had another plan.
People continually debate whether Jonah was swallowed by a fish or a whale, or whether the story really happened. Certainly God is capable of creating a special creature for such a purpose, and Jesus himself referred to Jonah during His time on earth. But debates aside, what is most important about this story is God’s wonderful mercy for everyone, even those that turn their back on Him.
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “These are evil times, and this evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to me will be a sign that God has sent me, the Son of Man, to these people…
…The people of Nineveh, too, will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now someone greater than Jonah is here — and you refuse to repent.” — Luke 11:29-30, 11:32 <NLT>
Read the Jonah and the Whale Story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Jonah and the Whale - Key Events In the Story
Jonah 1:1-2 – God commands Jonah to preach to Nineveh.
Jonah 1:3-14 – Jonah runs away.
Jonah 1:15-17 – Jonah is swallowed by a fish.
Jonah 2:1-10 – Jonah repents inside the fish.
Jonah 3:1-10 – Jonah preaches in Nineveh.
Jonah 4:1-11 - Jonah complains that God spared Nineveh.
New Testament References to Jonah (The Sign of Jonah)
Jesus reminds the religious leaders that the people of Nineveh repented at Jonah’s teaching, and now someone even greater than Jonah was with them and yet they still demanded a sign to prove God sent Him. He gave them the “sign of Jonah”. Jesus gave His life and was buried, but on the third day He rose from the dead. But even with such a miraculous sign, many leaders would still not believe.
Matthew 12:38-41 - Luke 11:29-32
Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about Jonah and the Whale.
Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on the Jonah and the Whale Story
Jonah and the Fish – The story of Jonah from the Authorized King James Version of 1611
Children’s Stories – Original Fiction Based on Jonah’s Story
Humongous Hollis – This is the story of Hollis, the fish that swallowed Jonah. Includes a companion devotion and poem. See below for the links.
Jonah and the Little Blue Fish – A rhyming story about Jonah meeting the prodigal fish in the belly of the whale.
Jonah, The Runaway Prophet - A really big fish story
Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music, Plays & Poetry for the Jonah and the Whale Story
Jonah and the Great Fish – Coloring page
Jonah and the Great Fish – Several pages and puzzles
Jonah – Connect the dots
Jonah Preaches At Nineveh – Coloring activity
Jonah and the Whale – Find hidden objects puzzle
Jonah Swallowed By A Fish – Coloring page
Jonah and the Whale – Crossword puzzle
Jonah Spit Out By the Fish – Coloring page
Humongous Hollis – A poem based on the children’s story Humongous Hollis
The Deadliest Catch – Five very short skits to introduce a series of sermons on Jonah.
Jonah and the Whale – Crafts, Memory verse, games and coloring pages
Jonah and the Whale – Games, activities, coloring pages
Children’s Sermons & Lessons on Jonah and the Whale
Humongous Hollis – An Animal Parable Bible lesson about knowing God’s will for your life based on the children’s story Humongous Hollis
Jonah and the Whale Bible Lesson – Preschool Sunday school ideas for classroom use
Jonah and the Whale Story – Teaching ideas
Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About Jonah and the Whale
Jonah and the Whale – Additional links for children
Jonah and the Whale – Additional links for children
Jonah Lesson – A short lesson on Jonah
Jonah – It’s Not About the Fish – Why Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh?
Jonah’s Crusade – A sermon by David Fagan of TNT Ministries Connersville, Indiana
Commentary On Jonah – Lengthy discussion on the Book of Jonah
What Swallowed Jonah? – Study of translations pertaining to what swallowed Jonah.
Jonah Online Game – Help Jonah avoid the whales.
Ancient Nineveh – Secular overview of the city of Ninevah
Ancient Assyria – Secular overview of the Assyrian Empire
Jonah – Jonah in popular culture and other religions
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