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What is the story of Jonah and the Whale all about?

Jonah son of Amittai was a prophet, who was preaching the word of the Lord to the Israelites. One day, God commands Jonah and told him to go preach to Nineveh because the people were wicked and needed guidance. Jonah hated this idea because Nineveh was one of Israel’s greatest enemies and Jonah wanted nothing to do with preaching to them. Jonah ran away from God and in the opposite direction to the city of Nineveh.

Jonah instead refuses God’s mission and tries to escape by boarding a ship traveling in the opposite direction. During his sea journey, God sent a great storm upon the ship. The men decided Jonah was to blame, that he had brought upon the storm on them, so they threw him overboard. As soon as they tossed Jonah into the water, the storm stopped. God sent a big whale to swallow Jonah to save him from drowning. Jonah sat in the belly of the great fish for three days and nights until Jonah prayed and asks and praised God for forgiveness. While in the body of the huge fish, Jonah laments being “banished from [God’s] sight” ( Jonah 2:4 ). Being banished from God’s sight represents what happens to Christians who abandon or disobey God. This piece of Scripture also shows Jonah’s humility and obedience to Jesus Christ. 

Jonah preached to Nineveh and warned them to repent before the city is destroyed in 40 days. The people believed Jonah, turned from their wickedness, and God had mercy on them. This article considers this famous biblical story, its meaning, the moral behind Jonah and the whale, and what relevance it has for Christians today.

Jonah and the Whale Sunday School Lesson for Kids

In class encourage your children to use the Jonah and the Big Fish from Worship Woodworks’ wooden Godly resources & materials Bible story for Sunday school lessons, children’s Bible stories, & religious education to tell the story to their family and friends. They can place the scared prophet Jonah in the whale’s mouth when he’s being swallowed by the whale and have the happy Jonah come out of his mouth when the whale spits him out.

Browse Worship Woodworks’ materials for Jonah and the Whale for your Sunday school & bible study classroom. These are additional and replacement pieces for the bible story which will help you complete your children’s ministry curriculum. Worship Woodworks hand crafts all these materials to help ministers, parents, and teachers to aid in your ministry to children by providing quality bible study materials for kids.