THEME: "Jonah's Revival in Nineveh." Nineveh was a wicked, Gentile city. Jonah was a Jew who was called of God to preach a revival in Nineveh and to cry aloud against her iniquities.
2. Notice in Jonah 1:3 the words. "from the presence of the LORD." How do you leave God's presence? God's presence is left when God's will is left. God meets you where He wants you to be. Jonah left the will of God.
3. Notice the words "went down." One always goes down when he leaves the will of God.
4. Notice the words. "so he paid the fare." When a person goes into sin, he must pay a price for it. (Teacher, go through the Bible and think of the men who paid a price for sin, men such as Solomon, David, Saul, etc. Teach the pupil'. they must always pay for their sins.)
5. Notice the words. "went down." are mentioned again. He went down, paid the fare, and kept going down. When one goes into sin, he keeps going down.
2. The mariners cast lots. Jonah 1:7. They would cast lots to find Out who the guilty party was by using stones or pieces of wood. They would get several stones, put a mark on one of them, shuffle them up, and pass them out. The person who drew the stone with the mark on it was the one they felt was the guilty one. This is much like what we would call "drawing straws." (Teacher use stones, matches or straws to show the pupils how this is done.)
3. Jonah was cast into the sea. Jonah 1:15.
4. He was in the belly of a whale. Jonah 1:17.
2. Nineveh's revival. Jonah 3:5-10. What a revival! From the king all the way down to the beasts, they felt revival. This was a huge city. In Jonah 4:11 ~ find that there were 120,000 people in Nineveh who could not tell their rig~ hand from their left. Maybe these were children age three and under, four and under, two and under, or six and under, but whatever was the age, think how many others there must have been. (Teacher, you might want to give some mathematical thought to this. Some say that this means there were 600,000 in Nineveh. Some say there were as many as three or four million people in Nineveh. Perhaps Nineveh was a city as big as Chicago, or at least as big as Philadelphia, Detroit, etc.) Think of a revival breaking out in one of our big cities to the extent that Nineveh felt it. There is no doubt that this was the greatest revival that any one city ever had in the history of mankind.