Jonah is an imperfect prophet, whose story points us to Jesus.
Jonah 1:1-2 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.”
Jonah 2:1-2 “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
Before your kid leaves for school, encourage them to do what’s right even when it’s difficult. If there’s something specific (ie: a friendship, teachers, sports) that you can point to, even better!
Read Jonah 1:1-3. Discuss with your kids why you (and they) think that Jonah might have run away from God. Ask your kids, “What are some things that God could ask us to do that would be hard to do?”
At dinner time, ask your kids, “Who is somebody that it’s hard for you to be around?” Ask them what would be the biggest challenge if God wanted you to show love towards them?
As you’re driving, ask your kids – if we were being chased down (like the scene from an action movie), what do you think would be the best getaway solution? Then ask them, “When do we come up with crazy ideas of ways to get away from what God wants us to do?”
From the Small Catechism
Where do we learn about Jesus?
God’s truth about Jesus Christ is made known in the Bible and is its central message. We call this truth the Gospel, namely, the promise of the forgiveness of sins for Jesus’ sake. (Explanation of the Small Catechism, p. 46)