After Jonah teaches some terrible theology the sailors, we see in Jonah 1:13-16 how the sailors respond. In the process, the author of Jonah clearly contrasts the behavior of the sailors with the behavior of Jonah. As we consider this contrast, we will also learn why some non-Christians today are better Christians than some Christians.
The Text of Jonah 1:13-16
Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.
In this discussion of Jonah 1:13-16 we look at:
- Why it is important that the sailors tried to return to the shore
- What the sailors meant when they asked not to be found guilty of innocent blood
- Why the sailors prayed, offered sacrifices, and made vows to God
- How the book contrasts the sailors with Jonah
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