Hello again friend! Thanks for coming back for Day 2 of this series I am like Jonah – are you? Yesterday we learned so much about God, Jonah and even ourselves, if we were willing. If you didn’t get a chance to do Day 1 yet, go here to catch up and then come back and join us.
For the next 3 days we will study the Book of Jonah in 4 Days with 4 Lessons within 4 Chapters.
We are on Day 2 / Lesson 2 / Chapter 2
What can we learn from such a small book in the Bible?
Let’s dig into the Word of God and find out for ourselves! Are you ready?? I am! Open your Bible to Jonah 2 and read it for yourself or you can click online HERE and then come right back.
Once you read Jonah Chapter 2 you can see he is in such a desperate situation.
IF you grew up in church then you have heard this story over and over, and maybe you have even taught your children this story. But can you for the next few moments think of this as a true account in the Bible and not just a cartoony children’s Bible story?
Jonah Chapter 2
Runaway to Repentance
What a poetic passage of scripture Jonah Chapter 2 truly is. Jonah had such a way with words talking to his Maker. Reading Jonah’s prayer you can tell how much he loved the Lord. Yes, he did not obey and he actually was a runaway, but Jonah still loved the Lord. After he was rescued by the almighty God in the raging waters, Jonah was experiencing true repentance in the dark belly of the fish.
What would you do if you were in the belly of a huge sea creature still alive? I don’t know about you, but I would freak out! I would think I was in some horrific nightmare and I might never see the light of day again. But that is not what Jonah did (at least it is not documented in scripture).
Have you ever felt like you were in the “belly of a fish?” You were stuck somewhere dark, lonely and felt like you couldn’t see the light of day. I am saying this metaphorically of course, but if you have been depressed or isolated you know what I am talking about. I love how beautifully poetic Jonah is when he calls out to the Lord. He knows that even though he was disobedient, God still loved him even in his darkest hour. Please hear me friend on this point. Not all of us are in the”belly of the fish” because we were disobedient, sometimes we are there because we are so deeply wounded we don’t know how to get out.
Three ways we can end up in the belly of the fish:
- For protection. Jonah was protected in the fish, even though it seemed like it was a punishment. I can think back to one time in my life when God kept me safe by placing me in the “belly of the fish” to keep me safe from others harm. You might feel isolated but it is for your own good to be there.
- For repentance. Another time I chose to do my own thing and suffered the consequences of my own actions and ended in the belly of the fish.
- For regret. There have been times when I was sinned against and it left me feeling regret. Regret it happened to be. Regret I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Regret that someone would hurt me like that. All that regret and pain left me feeling dark, lonely, abandoned and isolated.
No matter how we got there, what we do during the time in the belly of the fish is very essential to get out of belly of the fish.
Jonah eventually repented and PRAISED the Lord for saving him. Jonah knew who His Savior was. God is loving, merciful, kind, forgiving, and patient. If you are in the belly of the fish, let us do as Jonah did and call out to the Lord. Keep calling to Him until He saves you. Your Maker wants to save and redeem you no matter how you ended up in the belly of the fish. He loves you dear friend.
Call out to Him today just as Jonah 2:9 says,
“But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.”
Jesus and Jonah
We don’t really know what occurs for the three days and three nights in the fish. Scripture does not give us details. There are a lot of inferences we could make about why he was in the belly of the fish so long, but maybe Jonah being in the fish for exactly three days is for a much bigger purpose for hundreds of years later.
In Matthew 12: 38-41 Jesus talks to a group of Pharisees,
One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”
But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
“The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.
We can lean in and learn so much from Jesus using Jonah as an example to the Pharisees. They knew of Jonah but they did not want to KNOW Jesus. They believed what happened to Jonah, but they failed to believe in Jesus right before their very eyes.
Let us not be like the religious leaders and Pharisees of the earlier days and cling to the law and rules only. Let us BELIEVE and have FAITH in God, His Word, the Holy Spirit and all that Jesus died to give us on the cross – LIFE. He came so that we can live and be set free, not only for salvation sake but for us to help others be set free in the NAME of JESUS!
I once was a runaway like Jonah and sometimes still am,
but thank the Lord He is my loving savior who draws me near to Him.
Yes, I am like Jonah, are you?
What is God teaching you through this series? I would love to hear so please comment below and share what you are learning about the life of Jonah so far.
See you again tomorrow when we study Chapter 3 of this amazing little book in the Bible!
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