Jonah and the Big Fish and the Worm

Jonah is furious

Well, I won’t tell you “where & when” I drew this little drawing. Simply to say that Craig (our church leader) preached a terrific sermon on the last chapter of Jonah last Sunday(20 March 2011). I’ve heard many many many messages on the book of Jonah and this has to be one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. At the time of writing this post the message is not yet available on the church website, but no doubt will probably be uploaded sometime soon at

My favourite messages on Jonah have to be from Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson. You can hunt them down via the Gospel Coalition or Monergism websites – if you’re interested.

…that is what the drawing is about! – an upset Jonah, a hungry worm, an extremely forgiving and loving God, Ninevah, Assyria (Iraq)

—- *update* —-

My friend Don has correctly pointed out that the worm was a specially “appointed” worm. 🙂

When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered. As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me to die than to live.” Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “[Yes,] ” he replied. “It is right. I’m angry enough to die!”
Jonah 4: 7-9

* The bracketed text has been added for clarity.


  1. I really enjoyed the preach, I havent heard many stories on Jonah, but the last few weeks of revelation and freedom from “Jonah’s testimony” have really been important for me in this time. Painting puts a picture in my mind of what Jonah looked like!

    1. Yes, the series has been very good.

      ….of course Jonah would not really have looked anything like that. His hair was probably gone, his skin pale and perhaps quite thin from having gone through the traumatic consequences of fleeing towards Tarshish(Craig and others think that is Spain). Apparently the digestive juices of the fish may have taken its toll on the poor Jewish prophet.

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