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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought of the book of Jonah.

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31 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Jonah

  1. This is weird … even tho I’m an Israeli, a Jew ethnically, and an Atheist, I never really sat down and read the bible stories. Most Israelis are secular and hardly read the book, except for secular teaching at school. Those who are Orthodox are more into the later holy scripture like the Talmud. Anyway, all I knew about the book of Jonah is that it is another mythological fantasy story about a prophet who was swallowed by a whale. But now, after watching this beautiful video, made by Christians… I might give this book a chance.

    Thank you guys 🙂

    • your claim of

      “the real “jews” are the so called Negroes” throws me off…

      I just came from Israel and find it difficult to connect your claim.
      what do you mean?

    • John Do : Firstly, I wish to express my joy at hearing you’re actually going to consider reading the Bible.

      Please ignore those who make threatening statements about “Judgment Day”, etc. While you believe that there isn’t a God right now, as with anything in the future…you may end up reconsidering. I’m a living example that life just doesn’t always go according to plan, sometimes things have a way of happening even when we are 100% incontrovertibly convinced we will never do/believe/feel A. or B.

      The Bible, albeit a religious text, is a fascinating history book! While some of the themes and stories might wander into an ‘only an adult should be reading this text’ kind of theme, it truly is interesting just for the history contained in the pages. Something else I would recommend, especially if you’re into history (like I am), is the documentary on Netflix called “The Exodus: Patterns of Evidence”. I LOVE ancient Egyptian history, and I have even grown to love the Biblical history as well. It is a documentary that is truly the marriage of both…check it out!

      Another YouTube channel I have started following, actually started by an Atheist that ended up converting to Christianity, is David Wood’s Acts17Apologetics. He also offers quite a bit of history, but as an apologist, he examines more about Islamic history. Recently, I have been listening to some of his arguments as well.

      Either way, enjoy your literary exploration of the Bible (and any other historical literature you decide to tackle). If nothing else, it’ll make for an interesting read. 🙂

      Best of luck to you!

    • Christiaan Baron : Dude, seriously? Why you so full of hate? Especially since you’re allegedly believing and following a Merciful God, really? You emulating what you believe?

      Frankly, you sound like you’ve seriously got some anger issues to work through. Just saying… 👍

    • +++ John Do Unlike most Christians i have carefully read the old and new testament.
      ”Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did ‘Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'” BIBLE- Samuel 15:3.
      I reckon that it is very reasonable to expect mercy and..salvation from such a nice guy

  2. First I want to say I appreciate all you guys are doing with the making of these biblical videos. I wanted to use this video for my bible study I am planning to do on Jonah but I can’t. The video is well made and edited but I cant use it because you guys state that Jonah hated God. This is simply not true. Jonah 2, “Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.” So does that sound like someone that “Hates” God? In the beginning you allude that Jonah’s prophecy about Jeroboam was wrong in 2 Kings 14:23-25 because Amos in 6:13-14 prophecies differently? In 2 Kings 14:25 it says ” in accordance with the word of the Lord, the GOD of Israel, spoken THROUGH his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.” So GOD spoke through Jonah this message, which did happened by the way. And animals can’t repent, the Ninevites just put sackcloth on them and made all of the animals not eat, but I understood what you meant by that, but some immature/new Christians may not. Anyways, I used your other video on Ecclesiastes in my last bible study, it was great. Gonna have to skip this one because I know the people in my group eye brows’ will raise over the issues I brought up. Anyways, you guys are dong good! Gonna use your video on Zechariah for when I do a study on him. take care.

    • Thanks for your reply. Please see my response to MisterRutter concerning the thought of Jonah hating God. But I want to talk to you about translations. Ive done extensive research on what “English” Bible has the best translation. I’m a bible study teacher and I and my group went through a 4 part series about the history of the English bibles. We noticed around the 1900s we see an explosion of many English translations. We’ve gotten to a point where everyone and anyone has a bible translation.Where Christians today don’t even know what to translation to choose and only choose it base on the fact “Ah, this sounds good to me.”I challenge you to do research on Wescott and Hort, The Majority Text and Texus Recetus, Erasmus and his greek text. Also do a google search, “omissions in new bible versions.” I read the KJV only and my bible study group only uses this in our group. It can get quiet confusing when everyone has there own translation and one person is reading from one and another is reading from another. They don’t do this in universities or schools? They don’t have the teacher reading out of version 1 and the others reading out of edition 3, Why should we as Christians do this? my friend uses the ESV, I know a good pastor that uses the NKJV. At the end of the day you don’t need to be reading a version just because its less poetic and may be paraphrased in street/table language that is said “easier” to understand. Sadly when you make things easier to understand sometimes, it becomes watered down and completely loses its meaning and many omissions are made in God’s word. Just do the research. I’ve done mine and i’ve come to the conclusion that I will use the KJV only. You can read whatever version you want but just know 100% why you are reading the bible you read. If you want my bible studies about this topic I can send them to you, just let me know. Take care.

    • I have heard this point made several times and there is nothing wrong with using the KJV and if uniformity in teaching a class helps the teacher and the students then all use the same translation. Just a few comments. They do encourage use of several version of the bible at university and schools, especially for readers who do not have ability to work with the original texts, this is the best way to see transnational variants and transnational decisions event when they are minor. Using the term “easier to understand” is a simplification of the issue many take with the KJV compared with modern versions. It is not that the desire of translators is to make it easier (this can be the case in some translations especially paraphrases) but rather to make the English reader understand the authors intended meaning when reading it. One of the major issues with the KJV is that in places the meaning is lost to the modern reader, not in ease of reading but it allowing the reader to take the text to mean something it does not say. I heard a sermon once preached on 1 Samuel 16 out of the KJV and the whole sermon was on Davids Love of Saul, but this is simply no the case, v;21 can allow the reader to think that David loved Saul but the ESV would not allow the reader to make this mistake in there understanding that the original text is saying “Saul loved David greatly”. This may be a silly example but there are many like it. To read a great argument against your view of KJV as best, read ch 2 of “How to Read the Bible for All its Worth” by Gordon d. Fee, and Douglas Stuart some great examples are given. With regards to this Jonah video, I also do not agree with all the interpretations taken but still think it is very good. Jonah is a “masterpiece of biblical literature” but also very unique, it needs to be taken as the whole story or Gods redemptive work before fallen man (Jonah, Sailors, Nineveh, Gentiles) in ways beyond our comprehension. It may be best summarized in the words of the sailors ” for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you”. God is in control, and his actions in redemption defy our understanding or justice and mercy or even our understating of nature but he is the potter and we are the clay, he forms us for his glory, not our own or what we think is his glory. Christ is King Amen!

    • Hello David, hope you are doing great,

      I agree with you, there is nothing wrong with the KJV. In fact, I am crazy about it in a good way. It has a certain elegance and poetry that we don’t speak with now a days (which I am very sad about). Also because I think it is elegant and poetical does not mean that it is wrong or false. it is just another way of speaking.
      When I read the Bible, I like using the Bible app because it allows me to read a  passage in multiple versions, which I like doing (nerdy I know). It helps me see the passage from different lenses. For MY personal preference (you are welcome to yours), I have found myself drawn to the MSG version.

      The reason for this is because I have very recently  started studying Biblical Hebrew. A classic example is the book of Ecclesiastes, the word ‘Hevel’ is used over 30 times, which means ‘Smoke’. In most versions I have seen, the word has been interpreted as ‘Vanities’ or ‘Meaningless’ which doesn’t necessarily mean it is wrong. But in the MSG version they have used ‘Smoke’ a literal translation. I love this, it gets me as close to the original as possible.

      For someone like me ( a lover of languages) who wishes they were reading a book in its original Language, the MSG version initially suits us best, even if I do still read KJV. Again this is a personal preference. Doesn’t mean I am right, doesn’t mean I am wrong.

      All the Best  🙂
      Fisayo

    • The Illusive Man agree!!! It concerns me that some of these could be interpreted incorrectly… that’s why reading is so very important …. I’m lazy though I love getting these explained to me but I gotta read it too!!!!

  3. Wow, I’ve read Jonah before, but hearing it played out from you guys brought tears to my eyes. God just showed me that this is why I’ve been “exciled” so to speak. I’ve prayed for weeks for God to tell me what I’ve done wrong for Him to leave me, (He never really leaves) but I hadn’t heard an answer until I played this video. Tears are streaming down my face.

    Shouldn’t we love a God that loves even our enemies? Shouldn’t we be grateful that a being so loving exists and that we fall under his umbrella of merciful love? I can’t believe how dumb I’ve been to not see this sooner. I want to share a quote I heard in a dream not too long ago. A pastor was preaching at the front of the church and his exact words were…

    “Jesus died for me. But He didn’t die for ONLY me.”

    It’s our job as Christians to spread the good word. Even if that means loving our enemies long enough to do it.

    PRAISE GOD AND HIS UNDYING LOVE FOR US!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Wow, the ending of this one really surprised me…(sigh) Lord, please help me to forgive my parents. I know you love them and have decided they are worthy of your love and mercy too. I’m really struggling with this.

    • IzzyNChrist aaaawwww you are blessed and highly favoured sir, this just goes to show how God loves us all without questions!
      may we be like Him even when we are so hurt.

  5. This is by far the funniest book, yet is good reminder indeed. Thank you guys for the effort and made studying the bible so much easier for someone leaning about God.

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