The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known in the Scriptures. It’s not everybody that gets swallowed by a huge fish and lives to tell the tale. Talk about socially isolating! But what was Jonah doing in that ‘tight spot’ and what does a ‘socially isolating’ Jonah teach us? This message on Jonah 2:1-10, examines Jonah’s prayer and what we can learn from it.
While many regard the story of Jonah as told in Jonah 1:1-17, as just a ‘whale tale’, the Bible presents it as fact. While the details of the story are summed up, by the following headings; God said ‘go’, Jonah said ‘no’, the wind went ‘blow’, the sailors went ‘throw’ and the fish went ‘swallow’, Jesus also added ‘so’… He made it clear in Matthew 12 that not only was the tale of Jonah true, but it also pointed to his own death and resurrection as the means of salvation. Those who heard Jesus did not believe him and those who hear the gospel today also face the same hurdle of unbelief.