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The Story of Jonah…in Internet-Speak

We all know the story of Jonah…but do you REALLY know the story of Jonah?

Jonah, part 1:

God’s Word came to Jonah, “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.” But instead of pulling a Zacchaeus, he ran…ran far, far away from God. He boarded a ship and departed….

God didn’t take too kindly to this, and frankly, who would? So God did what God does: He made sure Jonah listened to Him by having a storm rise up over the waters, creating terrible conditions for any sailboat.

The sailors were terrified and threw everything overboard to lighten the load. While all of this was going on, Jonah was SOUND asleep in the bottom of the boat.

The captain of the ship came to Jonah and said, “What’s this? Sleeping! Get up! Pray to your god! Maybe your god will see we’re in trouble and rescue us!”

I kinda always get the picture Jonah just stared at him, knowing deep down he was the one responsible for this situation….

The sailors determined something was amiss and decided to draw straws to find out who the culprit was! Of course, Jonah drew the small straw and was immediately grilled about who he was, what he was doing there, why this disaster, etc.

Jonah answered that he was a Hebrew who worshiped God, the God of heaven who made sea and land. At that, the men freaked out, like REALLY freaked out.

As the men freaked out, they asked Jonah what they were going to do with him to make the storm go away. Jonah was all, like, “Throw me over and the storm will stop.” He says it was all his fault.

Talk about OWNING the situation!

The men didn’t want to throw Jonah overboard. Instead, they tried to row to shore. However, the storm kept getting worse and worse.

At that point, some of the sailors HAD to be telling themselves…

Then, something came to them and they prayed for God to intervene in the situation. They threw Jonah overboard and immediately the sea quieted down.

The sailors, in complete awe, were impressed, no longer terrified by the sea, but in awe of God. They worshiped God, offered a sacrifice and made vows.

Then God assigned a HUGE fish to swallow Jonah.

Jonah spent three days and nights in the fish.

Being stuck inside a fish probably was the last thing on poor Jonah’s mind…

Jonah, part 2:

While stuck inside the giant fish, Jonah started to pray out to God. This was a pretty powerful prayer in which Jonah cried out to God, saying he would do what God asked of him.

Just as he finished the prayer, God spoke to the fish and it vomited up Jonah on the seashore!

I know this is a girl, but I always picture Jonah coming up like this:

Jonah, part 3:

Now that Jonah was out of the fish, God spoke to him a second time to get on his feet and go to Nineveh and preach to them. They needed help in a bad way!

This time Jonah started off STRAIGHT for Nineveh, obeying God’s orders to the letter!

Now, I’d like to think Jonah was happy to be out of this fish and all skipping to preach the Gospel…kind of like…

Jonah went into Nineveh and proclaimed that the city would be smashed in 40 days! This was a HUGE city—it took three full days to walk through it. I bet when the people heard this, they kinda freaked out.

The people listened, and trusted God. They repented and fasted citywide! Everyone did it, rich and poor, famous and obscure, leaders and followers.

This is crazy to think about! Imagine a city like Los Angeles having this happen. It would look and feel crazy.

Even the King repented when he heard what was going on! He asked everyone to cry to God and turn from evil!

God saw what had happened and how the people had turned away from their evil lives and He CHANGED his mind! He didn’t do what he said he was going to do!

Essentially, they pleased God!

Jonah, part 4:

At this point, Jonah saw what had happened and became furious with God! He talked about how he knew God was a God of forgiveness and grace, and how He wouldn’t have REALLY done anything bad.

Jonah then asked God to kill him!

God was all, like, “Why so angry, Jonah?!”

Rather than explain more, Jonah just left! He walked out of the city and sulked about. He went and made a shelter in the shade. Jonah then waited to see what happened in the city.

While Jonah was chilling out, God made a tree spring up to give Jonah the shade he needed and to get him out of his sulky attitude. Jonah was pleased. Life was looking good!

But then, God sent a worm. By the next day, the worm had bored into the shade tree and withered away. The sun came up and God sent a hot, blistering wind from the east. The sun beat down on Jonah and he began to feel faint. He just wanted to die: “I’m better off dead!”

God and Jonah argued back and forth about the shade tree. Jonah just wanted to die!

And God’s all, like…

Finally, God laid the smackdown, telling Jonah he could do what he wanted with Nineveh and that it was completely okay to change from anger to pleasure as Nineveh changed its ways.

And with that, the story of Jonah abruptly ends!

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12 Comments

  1. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on September 7, 2014 at 23:17

    I was slightly skeptical at first (upon reading “in internet speak”, I thought you pulled a bunch of kids and teens together and wrote down what they thought it was about) but this is a rather hilarious and well detailed setup for it 🙂

    Also, the Genie and Jafar gif was my favorite of all :’3

  2. SlinkyKitty88

    Posted by SlinkyKitty88 on June 29, 2014 at 22:48

    OMG. PI used an Anchorman gif. xD

    This was funnier than I expected it to be.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Booknerd on June 29, 2014 at 22:46

    i love this 🙂 the Doctor Who referents made me very happy 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by heidi_pontmercy on June 27, 2014 at 18:19

    Loved the Doctor Who reference lol

  5. Dainty Artist

    Posted by Dainty Artist on June 25, 2014 at 20:10

    Hehe. The, “ummm….no” one.
    Please make more!

  6. morethanideserve

    Posted by morethanideserve on June 23, 2014 at 11:13

    Oh all the loki memes *sigh*

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gabrielle18 on June 23, 2014 at 11:05

    OMG’sh! I love these!! More!!! ^_^

  8. RosannaL

    Posted by RosannaL on June 23, 2014 at 04:44

    LOL, I just loved this XD haha, more!

  9. Shylittlemouse

    Posted by Shylittlemouse on June 22, 2014 at 15:14

    You used a Doctor Who gif! Eep!

  10. sun on the daisies

    Posted by sun on the daisies on June 22, 2014 at 13:08

    I love these! Keep them coming!

  11. Keerthi

    Posted by Keerthi on June 22, 2014 at 01:05

    God says to Jonah “when u r so sad because a tree died ,how do u expect me to be happy destroying a huge city like Nineveh with its peope”. Gods grace is sufficient for all.i wish our city turns to god like Nineveh.
    It’s 21st generation Jonah.great!!!!,,,,