Yak Pak Week of August 1st – 7th

Posted: July 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Jonah and Nineveh

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God grace extends beyond Israel’s borders

Key Verse:
“You are the light of the world”
Matthew 5:14

(Open the bible and read to your child Jonah 1-2) Jonah did not like the people of Nineveh, so when he was instructed to go to Nineveh and tell them to repent, he refused. Not only did he refuse, he ran away in the opposite direction. However, this did not work. He boarded a ship to Tarshish which eventually got caught in a violent storm. The crew determined that Jonah was the reason for this and threw him overboard. At that point he was swallowed by a giant fish where he stayed for three days. Jonah realized that God wanted him to share the message of repentance to everyone, because many have not heard about God. His grace extends to everyone.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Matthew 12:39–40.
Jesus tells us that the three days Jonah spent in the belly of a fish was a picture foretelling the time that Jesus’ crucified body would be in the grave before the resurrection. God had a plan to rescue Jonah from his sin of disobedience. God’s plan for Jonah involved three days swallowed up in a fish. Jonah found his salvation in God. In the end Jonah was released and went on to preach repentance to Nineveh. God has a plan to rescue us from our sin through Jesus. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and spent three days in the grave swallowed up by death. But death could not hold him, and on the third day he rose again. Now the message of repentance and faith in Christ is proclaimed all over the world. The question for us is, will we trust in him?


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