Jonah 1:17-2:10 – God has given Jonah a direct instruction It is not a complicated, nuanced instruction. It is plain. Go to Nineveh.
Instead of following a direct instruction from God, Jonah disobeys, and launches out on his own plans. He leaves and begins a run from God, attempting to flee the presence of the LORD. But for all his efforts, Jonah ends up descending to depths he probably didn’t plan on. Why were Jonah’s plans thwarted? What was Jonah’s response? What does the fish have to do with all this?
Are you, like Jonah, hanging on to ways that seem right but are opposite to God’s instructions for you? Is God sending a big fish your way to get your attention? Hear Pastor Lee work through issues like these in Jonah 1:17-2:10.
17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying,
“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
3 For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
4 Then I said, ‘I am driven away
from your sight;
yet I shall again look
upon your holy temple.’
5 The waters closed in over me to take my life;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
6 at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit,
O Lord my God.
7 When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
8 Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their hope of steadfast love.
9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land. (ESV)