Jonah 1:5 Man, or the Son of Man

Jonah 1:5 (KJV)
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.

It seems to me that there is a deliberate contrast/comparison between the account of Jonah and that of Jesus.

Matthew 12:40 (KJV)
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

  • Jonah ran from the will of the Lord
  • Jesus set his face like a flint toward the will of His Father

  • Jonah found Himself in a storm
  • Jesus faced storms of many sorts

  • Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights
  • Jesus was in the grave three days and three nights

  • Jonah was fast asleep in the ship during the storm
  • Jesus too slept in the storm

Mark 4:37-38 (KJV)
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

  • Jonah came forth of the whale’s belly to preach again
  • Jesus came forth from the grave as Saviour of the sins of men

But Jonah was asked to call upon his God for the storm to end whereas Jesus called the storm and it obeyed. It’s the difference between and man, and the Son of Man. Men may serve the Lord imperfectly. Jesus is the perfect, undefiled and Almighty LORD of lords and KING of kings.

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Jonah 1:5 Man, or the Son of Man

Jonah 4:11 God’s Interest

Jonah 4:11 (KJV)
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

I view the book of Jonah from the perspective of about three thousand years of history. If we were to simply consider the negative impact of Assyria upon future generations of the children of God, then Jonah’s attitude seems like it would have been better in the long haul. 

God, not Jonah, knew the future. Jonah’s grudge was with the current generation of Ninevites. He could not have known that these people would be the enemies of his own for thousands of years. 

He didn’t but God did. 

God’s interest was in the saving of the current generation. Having the advantage of perfect knowledge, God chose to save those who would be saved rather than to condemn them for what their fathers, themselves, or the progeny would do. 

God is interested in saving the souls of individuals right now. He knows the future and has it handled. He is interested in what we are doing to reach people right now. 

We should be too.

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Jonah 4:11 God’s Interest

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Jonah 3:9 Who Can Tell?

Jonah 3:9 (KJV)
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

This is a worldly leader, so wicked that the preacher didn’t even want him and his nation to repent and be saved. And yet, when a united prayer of confession and repentance occurred, God gave them mercy.

Who knows what good might be done if we will but humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our own wicked ways?

Who knows what God might do if:

  • A nation
  • A family or
  • A church 

Were to do this in agreement together?[1]


[1]Based upon this concept, and David’s prayers evening, at morning and at noon, I have committed myself to: a. Praying for my family each morning at 9, b. Praying for my church each day at noon, and c. Praying for my country each evening at 6. I am asking others to join me for just one minute of united prayer. Will you join me?

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Jonah 2:4 Look again

Jonah 2:4 (KJV)
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

Jonah was a prophet. Though we know nothing of his work prior to the events of this book. We know that he knew his work was of God. 

  • He knew the commission of the Lord
  • He knew the potential of his calling and
  • He Knew he chose to turn from it
  • He knew his consequences 
  • He understood his harm to others
  • He accepted the judgment that God gave him

He called it hell. It wasn’t technically hell or else there would have been no escape of it. But it was terrible. Can anyone deny it? He said God had cast him out of His sight. 

But as terrible as it was, as hopeless as it seemed, Jonah looked again toward God’s “holy temple.” It’s important to note that repentance involved the temple, the house of God, in the New Testament, the local church. 

The only way to return to the Lord is to return to His house. 

He could not get to the temple just then, but he could have a change of heart and desire concerning those things that mattered to God. As bad as it was, as hopeless as things seemed, Jonah looked again at God’s holy temple. And before the thing was done, God had delivered him. 

Whatever you have done, however bad things are, as hopeless as things seem, look again toward God. Get yourself back in church. If you have never been there, get into a sound Bible preaching Baptist church. 

  • It may take some time to recover
  • You may have to answer for some of your choices

But When you look again toward God and those things that matter to Him, you’ll find your path gets better- certainly better than hell.

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Jonah 3:1-2 Nothing changed

Jonah 3:1-2 (KJV) And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. Nothing changed. The will of God for Jonah was the same in chapter three as it was in chapter one. That was:
  • After he found a ship to flee from God
  • After he had been thrown overboard
  • After he had been swallowed and spit up
  • After he had prayed
God never changes. Yet we think that, just because our circumstances have changed God’s will must have changed too. We somehow have the impression that time, culture and the opinions of men influence the will of God. Not so He is the same yesterday and today and forever. His will is the same the second time as it was the first. It will be the same: The third time and the fourth Just learn His Word and obey it.   To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 3800 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Pastor Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit Bible Baptist Church of Puyallup.

Jonah 3:1-2 Nothing changed

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Jonah 1:3 Nothing Else Matters

Jonah 1:3 (KJV)
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

In this account there are two wills in opposition one to another.

  • The one is the will of God.
  • The other is the will of Jonah.

Don’t forget that, by Jonah’s own admission, he feared the Lord. Since they had asked him his occupation it is reasonable to believe that he meant he served the Lord.

This servant of the Lord had a will opposed to the Lord.

Not surprisingly, when Jonah looked for a ship to remove from Israel, he found one. I can imagine him thanking God for the ship. He wanted to do something other than what God had told him and it looked as if God had made a way for him to do it.

Just because we find a way to do as we please doesn’t mean God has approved our doing it.

  • If one goes to the seaside he will find a ship
  • If one goes to enough banks he will find a loan
  • If one listens to enough persons he will find one who supports his choice

God had already given Jonah His Word just as God has already given us the Word of God.

Nothing else matters.

We obey the Bible or we disobey God.

 

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Jonah 1:3 Nothing Else Matters

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