Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jonah: The Man Who Ran

Jonah (in progress), by Jack Baumgartner,

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.”  –Jonah 1:1-3, NIV

Jonah: The Man Who Ran

To that great city, Nineveh,
Jonah, go and cry
For the sins of this people
They shall surely die

Jonah, the man that ran
Fled to Tarshish
To avoid that land
But he did not escape God’s hand

He boarded the boat at Joppa
To escape his task
No one seemed to notice
And no one cared to ask

Then, a storm arose on the sea
All were tossed in violent rage
In fear they screamed out,
“What is this all about?”

They prayed to their gods
While Jonah slept sound
The people were in a panic
They began to gather round

“Awake you sleeper,” they cried.
“Pray to your god so we will stay alive”
“This is because of me,” Jonah said.
“Throw me in or you will all be dead!”

They began to row to land
Not wanting his blood on their hands
They prayed to the Lord
And threw Jonah overboard

The sea grew calm and stayed
And these men were so afraid
Jonah’s God listened as they prayed
In gratitude, great sacrifices were paid

God provided a huge fish
And it swallowed Jonah whole
Jonah was hardened and rebellious
And this was about to take its toll

© January 7, 2014, Robbie Pruitt

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”  –Luke 15:20, NIV

“Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’”  –Luke 19:9-10, NIV

1 comment:

  1. Good writing.
    May you be Spirit led when you share with the student body this week.