God Saved Jonah from the Sea

Bible Base – Jonah 1-4

It’s not every week you come to church in your dressing gown, and find there’s a boat at the front!

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…. But then it’s not every week, we learn about Jonah!

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Jonah, the prophet, God’s message deliverer.

Happy to deliver God’s message to God’s people, to people who looked like him, and thought like him.  So when God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah said..

“EURGH! No way!  Those people are scum,

they don’t deserve to hear about what God has done!”

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So Jonah legs it off the other way

finds a group of sailors setting off that very day!

So Jonah climbs on board and settles down for forty winks,

God sends a storm that rocks them, the boat will surely sink!

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The frightened sailors call out to any god they know

“Hey Jonah, we’re gonna drown out here, so give your God a go”

“The one true God who rules all things sent this storm because of me

To tell you, and remind me that he rules the land and sea.

if you lot all want to live, there’s 1 thing you must do

chuck me over in the sea, you’ll see what I’ve said is true.”

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Into the sea Jonah’s thrown with an almighty splash!

the storm is still and silent now, but Jonah’s sinking fast

Down deep in the darkest depths, God sends a rescue fish

It swallows Jonah whole and carries out God’s every wish

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Down in the deep dark sea Jonah realises “I’m scum”

“I need God’s good kind rescue too, to hear of all He’s done.”

From the fish God hears him, and saves him from his death

the fish sicks Jonah onto the land, imagine smelling of fish breath!

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Jonah now goes off to Nineveh, and takes a message this time.

“40 days, and then you’re dead, tomorrow will be 39!”

the people of Nineveh cry out to God, please save us we are scum

God hears and God forgives them, hearts in Nineveh are won.

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How about my heart, have I realised I’m scum?

That I need God’s good kind rescue too, to hear of all He’s done

How about my heart, has God’s rescue made it change?

Or are there just some people I think God should never save.

Your Work

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Think…

Who is the naughtiest kid in your class?

Imagine I gave you a mission to save them a seat every lunch time, invite them to play with your stuff, come to your party!  That would be tough! That’s like what God asked Jonah to do.

Read Jonah 1 v 15-16 – who saved the sailors?

Read Jonah 2 v 9 – who saved Jonah?

Read Jonah 3 v 10 – who saved all of Nineveh?

If God loves to save, and is gracious and compassionate, what kind of people of people should we be? How can we be God’s messengers to people around us, even those we may not like!

God Saved Daniel From The Lions

Bible Base – Daniel 6

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Daniel in the “lion’s Cage”

A new King Darius has replaced King Neb,

The name may be different, but he’s got the same big head!

Daniel works hard for Darius the King

His aim to Honour God the ruler of all things

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Daniel loved to talk to God each day

He’d look back towards his home as he knelt to pray.

BUT, there were enemies in the Palace, jealous of Dan’s work

Saw his love for God, and it drove them all BIZERK!

They made a nasty plot, they made a terrible plan,

“I know a way we can trap this Godly man”

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“Hey King Darius, you’re so cool

you should make an amazing rule

Pray to you alone, it’s the law

Or else you’ll hear the lion’s roar!”

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So proud King D made a bad law

pray only to me or face the lion’s ROAR

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The law was set as a trap for Dan

What would you do if you were this man?

Well Daniel did what He did every day

look out towards home, kneel before God and pray!

“HA HA! we’ve caught him, he’s breaking the law!

time for you to face the lion’s ROAR!”

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“I’ve served you faithfully and worked hard King D

But God’s good perfect law says pray to only Me

God’s law says this, because He’s King of all kings

the maker and ruler of everything.”

King D regrets his big headed law

Now Daniel must face the lion’s that ROAR

He can’t change his words, he can’t help his friend,

King D controls nothing at all in the end.

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that night he can’t sleep, he tosses about

goes back to the lion’s and gives Daniel a shout

“Daniel, please say your God has saved you

I’ve waited all night, and I’ve prayed that it’s true.”

Daniel answered, “I’m safe, and alive to this day

Thanks to the God to whom I pray.”

“He was with me to help me and save me from harm

He shut the mouths of the Lion’s and kept them all calm.”

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King D was delighted, he scrapped his bad rule

and realised something totally cool

Daniel’s God is the one who saves

He alone deserves prayer and praise

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He can control what a lion can do

He can control what can happen to you

He is the boss over everything

He is the greatest, the King of all Kings.

He deserves all prayer and praise

For He alone has the power to save.

THINK

Darius was a powerful King, but what couldn’t he do?

What did he control?

What didn’t he control?

What did God show He could control?

What did God do?

God is the only one who rules all things, he can tell lion’s what to do.  This powerful mighty God saves people who turn to Him, WOW!

God Saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego In the Firey Furnace

Bible Base – Daniel 3

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2 Different king’s

2 Different Laws

king Neb with a big head

the 1 True God who’s law is good.

Who Will you Worship?

King Neb, with a big head, made a MASSIVE golden statue and set it on a plain so all could see it.  He made a sort of party game, when the music stops bow to my statue, worship me, say I’m the best, celebrate me!

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The 1 True God who’s law is good, who saves His people says I am The Lord your God, I alone deserve worship, do not make an idol and bow down and worship it.

King Neb with a big head, us nothing like the 1 true  God who’s law is good.  The law King Neb made was bad, worship me, or be thrown into the Fire!

Worship me, not because I’m good and deserve it, but because I’m bad and I demand it.

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Our 3 young guys are faced with a terrifyingly tough choice.  They decide to obey the 1 true God, no matter what, because He can save; but even if he doesn’t we trust Him. WOW!

They refuse to bow.

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Now that’s heroic!

King Neb goes proper nuts and throws them into an even hotter blazing furnace.

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Hang on a minute, only 3 went in, there’s 4 in there, and 1 looks like a son of the god’s.

God saved Rach, Shach and Benny in the fire by sending His son to save and protect them.  What an awesomely good God.  He alone deserves worship, loving, celebrating. King Neb changes His bad law to a better one (although still not good)

v 29 People of any nation or language who say anything against the God of these guys will have their house knocked down.

But he did learn what we need to… No other god can save in this way.

Think?

What things do we love, celebrate, tell everyone about?

Do we love, celebrate and tell everyone about God and all He has done?

Read Dan 3 v 16 – 18

What did they know God could do?

How did it help them?

How is God different from King Neb?

What did God do in verse 25?

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With us to save us.

when we understand what God is like and what he has done, we will love and worship Him.

God saves Ruth from Starving


Bible Base – Ruth 1-4

A fabulous love story, with a handsome hero; but a really sad start.

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Naomi and her family left God’s place and God’s people and went to live with God’s enemies, her boys married women from Moab YUCK!

To walk away from God ends in disaster! This family ends up in a mess.

The story starts with death and tears, Naomi’s husband dies, her boys die, she feels like she has nothing, she decides to turn back to God.

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Amazingly Ruth decides to follow her, and even more amazingly, to follow her God.  Ruth the Moabitess, enemy of God, wants to be part of His family.

the women return, but with no one to care for them times are tough, their only way to get food is to pick up grain left behind in the farmers fields, only a farmer who loves God and follow his law will make sure there is food left for those in need

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Times are tough, it’s hard work, who will save them?  They need a law keeping hero, so God sends one!

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Brilliant, God loving law keeping Boaz!

Boaz rescues them by keeping God’s law. Boaz loves them by making them his family. By the end of the book, he’s married Ruth, given Naomi a home, and has a son, what an amazing end from a sad start!

God saved Ruth by sending a God loving law keeping hero, and changed her from being an enemy outside of  God’s people, to being family. WOW!

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God does that for us by brilliant God loving law keeping Jesus.  We can be saved, and made part of God’s family because of Him.

Your Work

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Gleaning the corn (flakes)

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All harvested!

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Making the food

(we didn’t use the Cornflakes from the floor, I assure you!)

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God’s good provision

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Not just saved from death, made part of His family.

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