Jonah 1:4-6 King James Version (KJV) 4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. Jonah 1:4-6 The Voice (VOICE) 4 Not to be deterred, the Eternal One threw an intense wind at the sea. The violence of the storm put Jonah’s ship in jeopardy of breaking apart. 5 The sailors panicked! They started running back and forth, throwing cargo overboard to lighten the boat; every man, out of desperation, cried to his own deity. Eventually, a sailor found Jonah down in the hold of the ship, where he had lain down and fallen into a deep slumber. 6 When the captain heard, he went down and woke Jonah up. Captain: How can you sleep so deeply? Get up, and call out to your deity! Maybe your deity will see what is happening and save us from this catastrophe. The Voice (VOICE) The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved. These are my thoughts, please share yours. 4 This storm was sent because of Jonah running from the Lord it could be that this storm only hit this boat, it may have been like the cartoons where the storm cloud follows them. Sinful behavior follows us and we can’t hide from it and God will either see the blood of Christ over our sins or judge our sins. 5 Jonah was sleeping during this storm, he was perfectly alright with running from the Lord, and we can get a hard heart from being alright with not following the Lord. The people most likely were used to storms and new what to do but this storm was different then any other. 6 The captain went to get Jonah, first off Jonah was not in good standing with God to cry out to Him for safety even though God who Jonah called Lord could stop this storm because He sent it. Jonah was currently making himself Lord, we as Christians have to die to self daily so that we don’t make ourselves Lord.