The Bible is full of stories that we have all heard at one time or another. They are legends under which lessons for children are found as educational as they are inspiring, and some of the best known are Noah’s ark, Adam and Eve, the story of David and Goliath, etc.
Bible stories to read, meditate and learn biblical principles that children can apply in their daily lives.
1. The Creation
Biblical text: Genesis 1 to Genesis 2:4
Do you know how it all started?
Look around you, feel the air, observe the sky, the sun, the stars, the sea, and the beautiful nature with all the animals. Do you know who did all that? Who created you, your parents, and your family? Do you have any idea about who is the author of life?
The Bible says that God is the creator of the entire universe. In just 6 days, God created the Earth and everything that exists.
Do you want to know how it happened?
The Earth had no form, it was dark and empty. But God wanted to create something very special on our planet. That is why, on the 1st day, God said: “Let there be light!”. The light appeared and since then there is day and night. God really liked what he did and said that it was good.
On the 2nd day, God created the blue sky and placed the white clouds up there. God liked what he did and said it was good.
On the 3rd day, God commanded that the waters gather in one place forming the seas. He also ordered dry land to appear. The land would produce grass and all kinds of trees and plants. Those trees would bear very tasty fruits that we know very well: apples, oranges, strawberries, bananas… God liked what he did very much and said it was good.
On the 4th day, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars and placed them in the sky to illuminate the earth. The sun shines during the day, and the moon and stars shine at night. God really liked what he did and said that he was good.
On the 5th day, God created the fishes and all kinds of sea animals, large and small. He filled the rivers and the seas with them. He also made birds to live on earth and many kinds of little birds to fly in the sky. God really liked what he did and said that it was good.
The last day of creation was a very special day! On the 6th day, God commanded the earth to produce animals of all kinds: domestic animals such as the puppy and the cat, wild animals such as the lion and the elephant, also reptiles, such as cobras and alligators… The earth was filled with animals large and small.
But God left the most special creature for last: the human being! Yes, we are very important to God! The Lord created man from the dust of the ground, different from all created animals. God also created man most like himself. God said: “Let us make the human being in our image and likeness. May he have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky; on domestic animals, on wild animals, and on all creeping things that crawl on the ground.” God commissioned man to care for and govern the earth because he loves us in a very special way. God liked what he did so much that he said it was very good!
Everything was cute and perfect! God’s great story had begun… Adam and Eve loved each other. God loved them both and everything he had created. On the 7th day God rested from all the work that he had done. He blessed that day, he was very happy with the creation of it.
What we learn from the creation story
We learn that God is the Creator of all things. He sustains everything in the universe by his power. That is why we know that God is much bigger than the sun, the stars, and the whole universe. God is the strongest and most powerful that exists! He made us special because he loves us and he prepared a very beautiful world in which we can live.
2. Adam and Eve disobey God
Biblical text: Genesis 3
Have you ever felt sad because you lost something?
This story narrates how the first couple that lived in the world failed in a great way. For that reason, they lost a very important thing: the friendship they had with God! Adam and Eve made the mistake of disobeying the Lord. They did not do what God commanded, but they listened to a very bad snake. Do you want to know how it happened?
Adam and Eve lived happily in the Garden of Eden. That was a very beautiful place that God had prepared for them. In that place, everything was so wonderful that they had no reason to complain. Two very special trees grew in the garden: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God had given only one command about those two trees: “You may eat from all the trees in the garden, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you must not eat.”
Sadly, both the man and the woman disobeyed the Lord. The wicked serpent deceived Eve by changing the meaning of what God had said. Eva saw that the tree was beautiful, that she would give her more knowledge and the fruits seemed tasty. She decided to do what God had forbidden! She ate the fruit and also gave it to her husband Adam. What a big mistake! Now they knew evil. They messed up God’s perfect world.
After eating the fruit they were ashamed and hid from God. “Why did you eat the fruit of the tree that I forbade you to eat?” God asked. Each of them began to apologize and blame the other. The saddest thing is that evil entered their hearts.
– It wasn’t me, Lord! Eva ate first and then gave me – said Adam.
– It’s not my fault, God! The snake tricked me and that’s why I ate – Eva said.
The Lord made them clothes and expelled them from the beautiful garden that he had created. He placed two angels with swords to guard the tree of life that was there.
What we learn from the story of disobedience
All disobedience brings consequences. With this story, we learn that it is necessary to hear the Word of God and obey it even if others try to convince us that it is okay to disobey it. God sees everything, whether we do good things or bad things. He sees us and corrects us. He takes care of us even if we fail him, that’s why we must repent of our mistakes and always ask him for forgiveness.
3. The flood and Noah’s ark
Biblical text: Genesis 7 to Genesis 9
What do you like to do on rainy days?
This story is about a great rain that fell for days and days flooding the whole earth. Can you imagine it? But God is loving and saved a family that trusted him. He also saved many animals. Let’s see how it happened!
Noah loved God and tried to always obey everything God said. But there was no other person on earth who loved God like that or who did things as God commanded. People at that time were very bad and they enjoyed doing what was not right: they acted violently, told lies, and did all kinds of evil that you can imagine.
God was so sad because of the attitude of the people that he decided to send a great rain, a deluge, to flood the earth and destroy all evil. But God wanted to save Noah and his family because Noah was a good man and he loved God with all his heart.
Therefore, one day, God explained to Noah that he should build a very large boat in which he and his family would be protected from the great rain and the floods that would come. Noah did everything exactly as God commanded. When the ark was ready, and after preparing everything with the food stored on board, the moment arrived… God ordered Noah to make pairs of animals of each species enter the great ark so that they would be saved from the flood.
After everyone entered, God closed the door. Suddenly it started to rain. First, there were a few drops, but then heavy rain fell that lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The rain did not stop for a moment, but inside the boat, everyone was dry and safe. With that amount of rain, the waters began to rise and the ship sailed as if it were on the high seas.
Finally, the day came when the rain stopped. The water receded little by little until the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat. After a few days, the waters began to evaporate and the land began to dry out. When the ground was dry, God told Noah that it was time to leave the ark. Noah, his family, and all the animals came out two by two.
Noah built an altar and thanked God for taking care of them all that time. God promised that he would never again send as much rain on the earth as there was in the flood. In order for everyone to remember that promise he made, he created the rainbow that appears in the sky on rainy days.
When I cover the earth with clouds, and in them the rainbow appears, I will remember the pact that I have established with you and with all living beings. Never again will the waters become a deluge to destroy all mortals.
What we learn from the flood story
God saves us and keeps us safe. By the goodness and mercy of God, not many bad things happen to us or our families. God protects those who love and obey him. God also cares for animals. He promised not to destroy the earth with a flood again and left us a reminder, the rainbow that we can see on rainy days.
4. Ana asks the Lord for a son
Biblical text: 1 Samuel 1:1-20
This is the story of a woman of faith and prayer. Ana was sterile (she couldn’t have children), but one of her biggest dreams was that: to have a child. As if it were not enough to live with the suffering imposed by life, Ana also had to face the affronts of Penina, the second wife of her husband, Elkanah. He was married to Ana and also to Penina. At that time that was common in some families.
Unlike Ana, Penina did have children. Therefore, Peninnah irritated insulted, and belittled Ana, because God had not allowed him to have children with her. However, despite this, Ana’s husband loved her very much.
Every year, Elkanah went with her family to the temple to worship the Lord and offer sacrifices. There she shared her portion of the sacrifice with Penina and her children, and she also gave a special portion to Ana because he loved her very much. But Penina continually provoked and tormented Ana. Every time they went on that trip to Silo, Ana felt so humiliated and irritated that she cried bitterly and did not want to eat due to her great suffering.
Her husband Elkanah consoled her, but Ana knew that God was the only one who could help her. Therefore, that day after the meal, Ana got up and began to cry out to the Lord. Ana prayed and cried because she had a lot of sadness in her soul.
She decided to make a promise to God. She prayed with all her heart saying, “Lord Almighty, look at my misfortune, remember me, and grant me a son. If you do, I will give him to you for his whole life.
A long time passed and Ana kept talking to God in a low voice, her words were not understood. Eli the priest thought she was drunk. She prayed in a very low voice, only her lips moved. And since Eli couldn’t hear what she was saying, he asked her:
“How long will the drunkenness last?” Stop the wine!
“No, my lord; I have not drunk wine or beer. I am just a distraught woman who has come to vent before the Lord. Don’t take me for a bad woman. I have spent this time praying because of my anguish and affliction.
“Go in peace,” Eli replied. May the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.
(1 Samuel 1:14-17)
What we learn from Ana’s story
God hears the prayer of the afflicted and needy. Ana cried out with faith and humility believing that God could perform a miracle in her life. She believed against the odds and God heard her sincere prayer. It is worth trusting in the Lord despite the struggles, frustrations, humiliations, misunderstandings, and slanders. God is the God of the impossible! He can change our history and make the dreams of our hearts come true.
5. An angel brings good news
Biblical text: Luke 1:26-38
What has been the biggest surprise of your life?
Everyone was waiting for the promise that God had made long ago: a great King would come to save all those who loved and believed in God. But time passed and passed. No one imagined it, but after so long God’s great surprise was about to happen.
In the city of Nazareth, there lived a young girl named Mary. She was engaged to a young carpenter, a man named José.
It was not long before they were married, but Maria did not know that she was about to receive great news. It was an amazing message that would change their lives and all of humanity forever. Can you imagine what the news was?
One day, God sent an angel to give a message to Mary: – “Greetings Mary!” said the angel Gabriel. – «The Lord is with you. God is pleased with you.” Mary did not understand what the angel wanted to tell her with those words.
The angel told her: “Mary, don’t be afraid, because you enjoy God’s favor.” Now you are going to be pregnant: you will have a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be a great man, whom they will call the Son of the Most High God, and the Lord God will make him King, like his ancestor David, so that he may reign forever over the people of Jacob. His reign will have no end.
Mary asked the angel: – How can this happen, if I do not live with any man?
The angel replied: «Don’t worry, Mary. God will make it happen through his Spirit. Remember that for God nothing is impossible.
Mary then said: “Let it be so. I will do whatever the Lord says!” The angel Gabriel left and Mary went to visit Elizabeth, a relative of hers who was also pregnant.
“What a wonderful surprise!” Elizabeth said. She was very happy with Mary’s visit and with the news about Jesus. Mary praised God with all her heart for all her goodness and love.
What we learn from the story of the announcement of the birth of Jesus
God sent the angel Gabriel to give wonderful news to Mary and to the world: Jesus the King of kings would be born to save humanity from its sins. Mary accepted the will of God. We too must live like this, always obeying the will of God.
6. The birth of Jesus
Biblical text: Luke 2:1-20
Have you ever imagined what the first Christmas was like?
Jesus, the eternal Savior, came down from heaven and came to us because he loves us very much. But how did that happen? Did he come flying like a superhero? Or did he suddenly appear on earth? Let’s see how he came here to earth to save us.
God loved the world so much that he sent his own Son to come to help us. According to his plan, he chose a young girl named Mary to be the mother of Jesus. Maria was not married yet. She miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph, a young man who also trusted God. Shortly before the baby was born, they had to make a trip to Bethlehem, their hometown.
It was already the end of the pregnancy and the hour for the birth of Jesus was approaching. At that time there were not as many hospitals as today. They started looking for a place to stay, but the city was full. There was no space in the posada (kind of lodging or hostel). They tried to see if they could stay in a house with someone who would receive them and offer them a more comfortable place for when the baby arrived. But they got nothing!
The only place they found to be with baby Jesus was a cowshed. This place also called a stable or corral, is where the farm animals go to eat, drink water, and rest. Maria had her baby there, wrapped him in some swaddling clothes, and placed him to sleep in a very warm manner (drawer).
So simple and at the same time, so wonderful! A moment of great importance for everyone. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world was born! The angels sang in heaven:
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to those who enjoy his good will.
Baby Jesus received some visitors: some shepherds who heard the angels, and some wise men. A great bright star appeared in the sky and led the wise men a long way from the east to the place where the baby Jesus was. They went there to worship Jesus and to give him gifts. This was the first Christmas! Jesus brought life, peace, and light to the world through the hope of salvation.
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What we learn from the story of the birth of Jesus
Jesus was born to help all people! The world was totally dark and sad, far from God because of everyone’s mistakes and wickedness. But God loved us so much that he sent his Son Jesus to bring light and help us to do what is right and to walk on the right path. Therefore, everyone who believes in Jesus can become a better person who will escape the final punishment. Give place to Jesus in your heart! He is the greatest and best gift in the world. Jesus is the greatest wealth in the universe!
7. Jesus heals a paralytic
Biblical text: Luke 5:17-26
Do you have good friends?
Probably yes. But if they were really good to you, they would help you get closer to Jesus. This Bible story from Luke 5:17-26 tells about a man who was paralyzed and had 4 good friends. We don’t know details such as his names, his personal histories, or how they became friends. We do know that they experienced a great miracle together. They believed in the power of Jesus to heal and transform difficult situations and they lived a great adventure!
One day, Jesus was teaching and among the listeners were some Pharisees (Jewish leaders) and teachers of the law who had come from different regions of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of God was with Jesus to heal.
Suddenly, some men arrived carrying a stretcher carrying a paralyzed man. They tried to get through to place him in front of Jesus, but there were so many people in the house that they couldn’t even get through the door.
Since they couldn’t get close because of the crowd, they went up and opened a hole between the tiles. They went down that way, with the stretcher carrying their sick friend.
Finally, they managed to get to the middle, in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” But the doctors of the law and the religious who were there began to think: “And this what, does he think he is equal to God? Only God can forgive sins.”
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to them: — What is easier to say: “Your sins are forgiven you”, or “Get up and walk”? Well, so that they know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins, he said to the paralyzed man: Get up, take your stretcher and go home.
He got up immediately and in front of everyone, took the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home giving glory to God. Everyone was amazed and also began to praise God, while saying full of fear: – Wow! Today we have seen something extraordinary!
What we learn from the story of the paralytic
More than healing our bodies, Jesus wants to heal our hearts that are sick and stained by sin.
Let us see other important things that we can learn from the healing of the paralytic:
- Jesus is God. He is powerful to heal, forgive sins, and to save us from all evil.
- The greatest miracle that Jesus performs on human beings is spiritual healing. He gives us eternal life!
- Jesus is the best and greatest friend we can have in life.
- It is good to have friends in faith who help us in difficulties and bring us closer to Jesus.
- We must glorify God for the forgiveness and salvation we receive through Jesus.
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8. The story of Nicodemus
We begin this compilation of biblical texts with the story of Nicodemus, a wealthy Pharisee whom many Jews considered a teacher. Nicodemus had a long white beard, waves-like wrinkles on his forehead, and the appearance of an old and wise man. Although he was very curious to know more about Jesus, the son of God that everyone was talking about, Nicodemus knew that he had to be careful when approaching him, because the Pharisees hated Jesus.
So one night, fearing Jesus’ reaction, Nicodemus went to see him. And Jesus, who never rejects anyone, opened the doors of his house to him.
-Jesus -asked the teacher to the prophet- I have seen with my own eyes the miracles you do and how people begin to believe in you. But I am an old man and I find it hard to believe in these things… How can I achieve salvation?
Then Jesus replied:
-To enter the Kingdom of God, you have to be born again.
Nicodemus was very confused by such an answer. How could an old man be reborn? Could he not ever achieve salvation? The teacher, frightened, went to sleep… and once in his bed, he sank into a deep sleep in which he was young again and received, at the door of his house, a beautiful white robe as a gift. Attached to that gift was just a note that said, “This is a gift for Nicodemus…try not to dirty it.”
But as time went by, the robe got dirtier and dirtier, and every time Nicodemus strayed from the right path and committed a bad deed, it got worse and worse. One night he received an invitation to go to the King’s palace, and since he had no more precious clothing than that tunic, it was the one he decided to wear for the evening.
Arriving at the palace, Nicodemus saw that a large crowd of men dressed in similar robes was waiting in front of the door, hoping to be part of the King’s delicious banquet. But suddenly a beggar appeared at the door claiming to be the King’s son, a statement to which everyone responded with mockery and contempt. How are you going to be royalty, with the looks you wear? The homeless man then turned to Nicodemus, who had struggled to keep his tunic spotless in recent months, and asked:
-You believe me?
And Nicodemus answered from his heart:
Then that beggar was transformed into a tall and elegant man… He was truly the son of the King! He then grabbed Nicodemus’s robe and turned it back into a dazzling white cloth, while he invited the rest to leave the place. The King’s son thus forgave all the bad deeds that Nicodemus had committed during his life and showed it by giving him that resplendent robe… indeed, it was like being reborn.
When Nicodemus woke up from sleep, he understood everything: being born again had nothing to do with resurrection, but rather with beginning to truly believe and act well, not losing the right path. This story shows us that even if we all make mistakes if we truly have Faith, we will find the way to salvation, as was the case with Nicodemus.
9. The four boys from Babylon
King Nebuchadnezzar ruled in a kingdom called Babylon. One day, the King decided to select the wisest men in the kingdom to serve his palace, and among many others, he called four young men from Israel: Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego. Ashpenaz, one of Nebuchadnezzar’s royal guards, was left in charge of his instruction.
Once in the palace, the boys would be educated for three years along with other Babylonian youths so that they could serve Nebuchadnezzar and be worthy of him, so the King forced Ashpenaz to feed all the boys pork and He came for them to grow strong and energetic.
However, Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego refused to eat these foods, because Jehovah considers the pig an abominable animal, and therefore the Jews never eat its meat. Faced with Ashpenaz’s attempts to convince the boys to follow the King’s orders, the young men decided to propose a test:
-The four of us are going to eat only vegetables and drink fresh water for ten days. After that time, you will be able to check if we have managed to increase our intelligence and our strength.
The King’s guardian agreed to the test and, once the ten days had passed, he was surprised to find that the boys were not only wiser than the rest but much faster and more ingenious. And it is that Jehovah, grateful for the faith and trust that the young people had deposited in their beliefs, gave them unparalleled intelligence and strength.
The King, as expected, made the four boys his assistants, and soon they became the wisest men in Babylon and all thanks to their faith in Jehovah. Thus, the lesson of this story is found in the importance of being honest with our values and our beliefs; the boys did not betray their God, and that made them stronger and better than ever.
10. The miracle of the girl
If you are looking for a short story for children that makes them think, pay attention to this text from the New Testament that talks about the miracle of the daughter of Jairus. Jairo was a religious sage who believed in the word of God and made an effort to transmit it to the rest. So when his daughter suddenly fell ill, he went in search of the only person he knew could help him heal his daughter: Jesus.
Jairo found the son of God surrounded by people in a street, and from there the voices began to jump announcing that Jairo’s daughter had died. “Why bother Master?” they asked around her “if your daughter is already dead, there is nothing to do”.
Jairus collapsed, crying and lamenting for his little girl’s daughter, but Jesus approached him and asked him to have hope, to believe in him even if it was difficult. They both headed towards Jairo’s house, where a large crowd was crying over the girl’s body… “She’s dead!” they all exclaimed looking at the poor little girl. When Jesus told them that she was not dead, that the girl was only sleeping, they mocked him and thought he was crazy. “Don’t believe her” they said to Jairo, “Don’t you see that she has died?”
So Jesus kicked everyone out of the house except Peter, James, and John. He took Jairus’s little daughter by the hand and urged her: “Tálitha cúmi”, which means “little one, I say to you: get up!”. Then the girl got up and began to walk, filling the hearts of her parents with joy, who could not believe the miracle.
This famous second resurrection of Jesus according to the Gospels reminds us how important it is to believe even when it is difficult, even when others have no faith. Do not lose yours, because next to Jesus miracles are possible.
11. Elisha and the widow
Elisha was a very devoted man who traveled through the cities helping the poor and needy people. On one of his trips, he passed through a city named Bethel where he met a widow who was very poor. That woman had many debts with a creditor, who threatened to turn her two children into slaves as a form of payment. Eliseo was stunned by her story and wanted to help her.
“What do you have at home that could serve?” Elisha asked the woman. She, embarrassed, replied that she had absolutely nothing of hers, that her husband had left her with debts, and that she had nothing to offer, she only had a pot with a little oil. “Then go to your neighbors and borrow other pots, as many as you can!”
The woman did not understand this order, but Elisha asked her to trust her and to have faith in the word of the Lord, so she obeyed. She borrowed pots from her good neighbors, who knew what a bad time the widow was going through, and once she had gathered all the pots, Elisha approached her and once again asked her if she had faith in God. The widow answered from her heart that she did, that she had it.
Then the miracle happened: Eliseo multiplied the little oil that was in that last vessel until he filled all the others, and before the widow’s surprised look, he ended up filling all the utensils that the neighbors had left him. “If you really believe, God will not abandon you. So now he goes to the market and sells all these pots of oil.”
The woman obeyed and in a short time managed to sell all the oil, reaching the amount of money she needed to pay off her debts. Thanks to Eliseo’s miracle and to her own Faith, the widow was able to return home with her children and live happily. There are few biblical passages that speak so clearly of how faith moves mountains …
Another of the great stories of the Bible to reflect on is this; The following text from the New Testament features Zacchaeus, a tax collector from the city of Jericho, a very wealthy man who often unjustly profited from everything he collected.
One day, Jesus passed through Jericho, and Zacchaeus was excited to see him; however, being a really short man, he had to climb a tree to be able to see the son of God in the crowd. Looking up, Jesus saw him and blurted out:
-Get down quickly, Zacchaeus, because today it is necessary for me to stay at your house.
The man, excited, hurried down from the tree and was very happy that the Prophet had chosen his house for his stay. However, the crowd seemed unhappy to see Jesus making nice gestures with such a greedy man whom they considered to be a sinner. It was then that, to everyone’s surprise, Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord:
-From now on I am going to give all my goods to the poor and return quadrupled all the things I have defrauded.
Jesus was very happy to hear these words from Zacchaeus, and before the astonished gaze of all those present, he pronounced the following words:
-Today salvation has come to this house; because he also is a son of Abraham.
What can we learn from this wonderful story? Not only was Zacchaeus aware of all the mistakes he had made in front of the son of God, but Jesus granted him salvation, just as he forgave sinners who repented of their bad deeds and tried to do good.
13. Job’s story
An interesting story that appears in the Old Testament is that of Job, a rancher who lived a peaceful life with his wife and ten children. Every morning he thanked God for the joyful life he had given him and showed great faith in the Lord. But Job’s good luck soon aroused the envy of the Devil, who went in search of God to tell him the following:
-I’m sure that if Job’s life fell apart, he would stop believing in you and renege on your word just like many men do- a poisoned comment to which God replied:
-Job is a good person and no matter how many difficulties you put in his way, he will always be faithful to me. If you choose to ruin his life, go ahead, but know that no matter how many obstacles you put in his way, he will always trust me and will not lose his Faith.
The Devil got down to work and began to complicate the life of poor Job. He first took his cattle, then his children, and lastly his health. However, despite his misfortunes, Job continued to faithfully believe in God, seeking comfort in him and provoking the wrath of Satan, who could not fulfill his purpose in the end.
Then the Lord, grateful for all the faith that Job had placed in him despite the misfortunes, rewarded him by returning everything that the Devil had taken from him: he multiplied his cattle and made him and his wife have ten more children, thus demonstrating that God will never leave you aside and that your goodness will be commended.
If there is something you should take away from these Bible stories for children and adults , it is the following: have faith, even if things turn against you and you have no strength left to continue… trust him and everything will be worth it.
14. Jonah and the whale
One of the most relevant Christian stories for children is still that of Jonah and the whale. Whether you’re looking for Bible stories for teens or adults, these stories are great choices; however, so that you can bring Christian learning closer to the little ones, we present here the adapted story of Jonah for children :
One day, God asked Jonah the prophet to go to Nineveh to preach the good word of the Lord and warn them that a dark future would await them if they did not stop their bad behavior. But Jonah knew that Nineveh was a sinful city and he didn’t want to help its inhabitants, so instead of listening to God, he ran to a ship that sailed that same night to another place.
But soon after, God sent a great storm that threw the ship from one side to the other, and the frightened passengers began to throw all their luggage overboard to try to save themselves. Jonas confessed that the storm was his fault, since God was punishing him for not having followed his word, and he admitted to the rest of the passengers that if they threw him overboard, everything would return to normal.
And so it happened… but Jonah was drowning, he couldn’t get back to the surface, and that’s when a big fish came and swallowed him, thus preventing him from sinking. During his time in the whale’s belly, Jonah prayed and thanked God for his gesture, and after the third day, God let him out. He then asked him again to go to Nineveh…and this time Jonah obeyed.
Not only did Jonah go to the sinful city and lecture everyone on the importance of not straying from God’s right path, but soon all the people of Nineveh realized the evil they were doing to others, to God, and to God. themselves with their behavior. Repentant and ashamed, they asked forgiveness for their actions and God forgave them… but Jonah, who was very angry towards that town, did not want them to get away with it and continue as if nothing had happened, without being punished by the Lord, so Angry, he went to the top of a mountain.
It was then that God approached him and told him that He was a God of love and that everyone deserved his mercy and affection. Thought-provoking Bible stories like this one remind us that God is wise and understanding and that he does not want to destroy those who do evil, but rather to give them a new chance to be better people.