Greatest Heroes and Legends Of The Bible: Jonah and the Whale
For more than 40 years, Charlton Heston has been captivating audiences with his thrilling portrayals of Biblical heroes such as Moses in “The Ten Commandments.” Now, sit back and relax as he shares with you and your family his passion for Biblical literature and his unique insights into these timeless stories of faith.
“Jonah And The Whale” is a great adventure story—but is much more than that. On its deepest level, it is a commentary on God’s willingness to punish sinners and on His capacity for forgiveness. Now you can share this wonderful story with your entire family. The story begins when Jonah is a mere boy. The forces of the Assyrian Empire have been terrorizing Jonah and his people—and Jonah quickly grows to hate them. He vows that he will one day take his revenge. But years later, God asks Jonah to go and preach to the Assyrians. If Jonah convinces them to renounce their sinful ways, God will forgive them. Jonah, of course, wants them to suffer; he wants them to feel the Lord’s wrath. And so he foolishly tries to run away.
Needless to say, God catches up with him. And when He does, Jonah learns a series of important lessons about the power of God’s wrath and the power of His love for all mankind.
“Greatest Heroes And Legends Of The Bible: Jonah And The Whale” is a terrific animated film that vividly portrays Jonah’s story. Charlton Heston is on hand to provide an introduction. He says, “It’s the story of a man who tries foolishly to run away from God.” Mr. Heston points out that Jonah hated the Assyrians; Nineveh, the place where God wanted him to preach, was the capital of Assyria.
At the beginning the Assyrians burn homes when Jonah is a boy, events he never forgot, according to our animated feature. Now grown, he wants revenge. When God’s voice speaks to him to go preach to Nineveh, Jonah is not interested in seeing the people receive mercy, so he flees. He winds up in a ship in Joppa, headed for Tarshish. But when a storm arises and lots are cast to find out who caused the storm, Jonah comes up as the guilty one. He goes overboard and soon a whale swallows him. He finally says, “God is my salvation,” and purposes in his heart to preach to Nineveh; the whale beaches him on dry ground. We see the repentance of Nineveh’s people in sackcloth and ashes, plus the story of Jonah’s gourd—his shield from the heat—being eaten by a worm. Jonah finally gets the idea of God’s mercy. As the boy Simon says in the feature, “Jonah finally let go of his hate.”
We are more than pleased to award this wonderful animated film our Faith Friendly Seal for all ages. This movie brings the story of Jonah to life!