Hurricane Day: The Book of Jonah, 1:1-15
11: 24 A.M., EDT
God said to Jonah: Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against its people; for their wickedness is great.
But Jonah fled from the presence of God. Jonah went to Joppa, and found a ship, a trader in wines, going to Tarshish. He paid for his passage, and went down to the docks, to go with them to Tarshish, far from the presence of God.
But God sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest and storm in the sky, so that the ship was in danger of breaking.
The sailors were afraid, and every man cried out to his god, and they cast the wine from the hold into the sea, to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone down inside the ship. He was fast asleep.
So the shipmaster came to him, and said, What are you doing, O sleeper? Arise, call upon your God, so if your God cares about us, we will not perish.
And the sailors said, Come, let us cast lots, that we may know why this evil is upon us.
So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
The sailors said to Jonah, Tell us, we beg you, for whose cause has such evil afflicted us? What is your work? From what country do you come? Of what people are you?
And Jonah said, I am a Hebrew; and I fear the God of Heaven, who has made the sea and the desert.
Then the ship's company was afraid, and said to him, Why have you done this? For Jonah had told them he was fleeing from God.
The men said to Jonah, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calmed? For the sea waters raged across the ship, and the ship was in danger of breaking.
And Jonah said, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calmed--for I am the reason this great storm is upon you.
Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring the ship to port; but they could not, for the sea waters rose across the ship, and the sky was against them.
Wherefore they cried unto God, and said, We beseech thee, God, we beseech thee, let us not die for this man's life, and lay not upon us his innocent blood; for you, O God, have done as you pleased.
So they took up Jonah, and cast him into the sea. And the sea ceased raging.