Perhaps your parents or Sunday school teachers have taught you the story of Jonah. But, you can also see the story in the following free Jonah coloring pages.
This story is found in the Old Testament book that bears “Jonah,” a stubborn prophet whom God had to teach some hard lessons.
Printable Jonah Coloring Pages
There was a great city in Assyria called Nineveh. The people of Nineveh were terrible, so God decided to destroy such a city.
But since God is love (1 John 4:8), he sent Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh of God’s judgment and admonish them to repent to obtain God’s mercy and forgiveness (Jonah 1).
One would think that this prophet would have been quick to obey God, but Jonah did not. He took a ship to Tarshish to flee from God’s presence and commandment.
Jonah did not want to send any repentance message to Nineveh since he thought that such evil people deserved to be destroyed without warning.
Because of his disobedience, a great storm arose in the sea, so much so that the ship captain could not control it. Fearing death, everyone on the ship began to cry out to their gods for protection, but the storm grew even more vital.
During all that turmoil, Jonah was sleeping. The ship’s skipper woke him up, and after learning that Jonah was running from God, they asked him what to do.
Jonah told them to throw him into the sea, and then the sea would calm down. The crew did not want to do it, but after much effort with no result and a more violent sea, they decided to do it.
Jonah was so stubborn and felt so much contempt for the people of Nineveh that he didn’t even mind dying in the sea, but God had other plans.
He prepared a great fish to “swallow” Jonah. God also loved Jonah, and this was an opportunity for him to repent. Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, and finally, he prayed to God and repented. God heard Jonah’s prayer and commanded the fish to “vomit him up” on the shore (Jonah 2).
Jonah then went and preached in Nineveh. The citizens of Nineveh, including their king, repented, and God forgave them and did not destroy their city (Jonah 3).
Instead of rejoicing at the tremendous positive result of his preaching, Jonah became greatly annoyed. God had to teach him a new lesson regarding His compassion for the many souls in that town (Jonah 4).