A Whale of a Tale

A Whale of a Story

by Sylvia Melvin
(Milton, Florida)

Whale of a Tale
By Sylvia Melvin

SETUP: 780 B.C. in a tiny Jewish house
AT RISE: Levi listens to a knock at the door and also opens it to discover his good friend Jonah standing outside.
LEVI
(Levi tosses his arms up in the air in shock and after that welcomes Jonah.) Shalom, Jonah, my bosom friend.
JONAH
Shalom, Levi. It’s so excellent to see you.
LEVI
Be available in; can be found in. I intend to listen to everything about your journey. There was a report walking around the synagogue that you got on getaway. Where did you go? Corinth, Athens, Ephesus? I recognize an innkeeper in Corinth that can have provided you a bargain, had I recognized prior to you left. (Levi stabs Jonah in the ribs as well as laughes.) We Jews assist each various other out, eh?

JONAH
(JONAH drinks his head.) No holiday, Levi. Organization.

LEVI
What sort of company?
JONAH
God’s service.
LEVI
(Looking perplexed.) God’s service, Jonah? You spoke with God? Like our predecessors Noah, Abraham, and also Moses? Just how did he talk to you? One more burning shrub? A clap of rumbling? Or perhaps among your lamb talked words of Jehovah? (LEVI is grinning currently.)
JONAH
I see you do not think me Levi, however I banter not. Night and day words of the Lord swirled around in my head. I attempted to overlook them, yet they were also in my desires. Words GO would certainly not go away.
LEVI
(Looking extra curious.) Go where Jonah?

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JONAH
To Nineveh.
LEVI
(LEVI gasps as well as activities for JONAH to rest at a table as he falls down right into a chair.) Nineveh! Why Nineveh? The Assyrians are our opponents, Jonah. They dislike the Jewish individuals as well as I do not mind claiming I do not much look after them.

JONAH
My beliefs also. That’s why I altered the journey schedule a little.

LEVI

I do not follow you, my buddy. Just how did you alter it?

JONAH
I entered an additional instructions; gotten flow on a ship to Tarshish, Spain.

LEVI
Spain! Jonah, that’s one-hundred as well as eighty levels contrary Nineveh. Were you taking the picturesque course? (LEVI scrapes his head in confusion.) If God informed you to go one location, why did you go one more? And also for paradise’s benefit why did He desire you to address all?

JONAH
To inform individuals to repent. He’s fed up with their worthless means.

LEVI
However you do not care regarding them; you claimed so on your own. Why you?

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JONAH
Defeats me; that’s why I transformed as well as ran. I felt they should have the rage of God. Allow another person conserve them.
LEVI
So, you really did not go?
JONAH
Oh, I went okay. When the Lord calls you to do something, I figured out by hand you would certainly much better follow.
LEVI
However you got on a ship went to Spain, so exactly how did you arrive?

JONAH
By whale.

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LEVI

(LEVI puts his hand on JONAH’s temple.) Buddy, are you really feeling alright? Has the sunlight reached your head, or did you drop on your means over below?

JONAH

Levi, I recognize this is mosting likely to appear extremely unusual to you, however I vouch I’m leveling.
While I got on the ship bound for Spain, an awful tornado appeared of no place. I was listed below resting till the seafarers cast great deals to see that was accountable for this unfavorable adjustment in weather condition. My name showed up. I understood appropriate after that and also there that I was the offender. The spirit of the Lord informed me I was disobeying His command to head to Nineveh. Those seafarers can be mean, so I admitted as well as figured it would certainly be much better to sink after that to allow them resolve the issue. I pled to be tossed too far. Not one of them differed, so over I went.

LEVI
Yet Jonah, you do not understand exactly how to swim. You were constantly terrified of the water.

JONAH

Still am, however I had not been barely damp prior to a whale went along as well as ingested me up. Used 3 days in his stomach.
LEVI
(Stunned, LEVI takes a look at JONAH as well as trembles his head.) It’s that affordable red wine you’re consuming alcohol once more, isn’t it, Jonah? Inform me you’ve been stomping the grapes.

JONAH
(JONAH discharges a deep sigh) Levi, I would certainly never ever exist to you; you’re my friend. That’s why I concerned see you. I need to inform my tale. It was dark inside that whale, however in some way, I understood God had actually not deserted me as I had Him. I wished mercy, and also I
made a pledge to visit Nineveh. Evidently, the whale recognized the means since on the 3rd day he had actually had sufficient of me jumping around in his tummy and also he spew me out exactly on the coasts of my objective area.
LEVI
So, what did you do after that?

JONAH
Removed informing every person I saw that if they really did not transform their means, the day of rage was coming. From the important things I saw, I really did not have much hope they would certainly take me seriously, so

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I headed out of the city and also awaited destine drop on them. I waited and also waited however absolutely nothing occurred. Question started to haunt me, as well as I questioned if I would certainly failed my goal up until I listened to noises of crying and also individuals putting on sackcloth repenting to God. This made me upset. I could not think He would certainly reveal them empathy. Can you think it? The Assyrians.

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LEVI

Got to concur with you, close friend, yet you understand our God operates in mystical means.

JONAH

Think me, I allow my sensations be recognized the following day.

LEVI

(LEVI considers JONAH with shock.) You said with GOD?

JONAH

Kind of … it went like this. He expanded this creeping plant to cover me from the scorching warmth while I waited on the city to drop. However the following early morning a worm consumed the stem as well as there went my alleviation. I jabbered as well as went crazy however God translucented my temper. He informed me it had not been the plant I was worried regarding, yet the reality that He had actually conserved countless individuals with me. I could not refute it, Levi. They might be our opponents, yet in the long run, they are God’s individuals also.

LEVI

(LEVI stands as well as checks out Jonah.) C’mon my good friend. We’re mosting likely to check out the Rabbi; your tale is mosting likely to be a high-pressure salesmanship, yet possibly at some point it will certainly be created in the Scriptures.

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