Five Facts on the Sailors in Jonah

Jonah is one of the more well known Bible Stories.  God tells Jonah to go and preach to Nineveh a foreign city.  Jonah instead tries to run away from his call, and finds himself in a belly of a fish.  During his flight, Jonah meets a group of sailors. These sailors are often overshadowed by a big fish and a silly prophet, but they are crucial in helping us recognize the hypocrisy in Jonah and hopefully excising hypocrisy from our own lives.  Let’s not miss the message of the Sailors by focusing on the big fish. 

Number One:  They are pagan (Jonah 1:5).  They do not worship or follow Yahweh, the God of the Bible.  We know this because when the storm comes, each sailor cried out to his god.  A clear indicator that their gods were not Yahweh.  This is contrasted to Jonah, who is a prophet of Yahweh, so in the first chapter of Jonah, you are introduced to two characters.  Jonah a prophet of Yahweh, and these pagan, unbelieving sailors.  What unfolds in this chapter is a comedic tale of comparison between Jonah who should know how to live and serve the true God Yahweh, and the pagan sailors who should not know how to live as God wills.  

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