Many times we may doubt.
I read this ‘anew’, having been given the seed of understanding…
“Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 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. But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 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. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.
So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.”
This last picture is not in any way representative of what Jonah experienced, but gives an idea of the loneliness and a brief vision of the loneliness!
In science’s, I am aware of the digestive juices in a ‘fishes’ innards. There is no air! Survival depends on the ‘little’ pockets of rancid ‘air’ that existed in the whales belly.
This is one of the Bible stories most ridiculed by people who consider themselves sophisticated and intellectual. Skeptics say that no whale could swallow a man in the first place, and, even if he did, the man would certainly never survive three days and three nights in his belly, as the Bible claims.
“Christian liberals” have attempted to avoid this problem by saying that the story of Jonah was only an allegory and was never meant to be understood as actual history. However, whenever the Bible writers used allegories or parables or other symbolic stories, they always either said so or else made it evident in the context. The book of Jonah is certainly written as though it were actual history. Jonah was a real prophetwho is mentioned also in II Kings 14:25. None of the ancient Jews or early Christians ever doubted the authenticity and historicity of the book of Jonah and its story.
Thus Christ actually compared Jonah’s experience to His own coming death and resurrection, pointing out the miraculous nature of both. One cannot deny the factuality of Jonah’s experience, therefore, without charging the Lord Jesus Christ with either deception or ignorance, either of which is equivalent to denying His deity.
There is little question that the event was a miracle, but this fact certainly does not disprove it! The account, in fact, says as much:
Later it says:
And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. —Jonah 2:10 KJV
God was certainly able to accomplish this if He wished; to deny the possibility of miracles is Atheism. The actual occurrence of this particular miracle is adequately attested by the very fact of its record in the Holy Scriptures, and is doubly confirmed by the testimony of Christ.
Whole animals as large or larger than a man have been found in the stomachs of the sperm whale and the white shark.
What Was the “Great Fish”?
The “great fish” may have been either a whale or a shark or even a fish specially prepared by the Lord for this purpose. The Hebrew and Greek words that are used merely mean “a great aquatic animal.”
How did Jonah survive?
As to whether a man could survive “three days and three nights” under such conditions, there are three possible answers that could be suggested in defense of the Biblical narrative.
NATURAL. In the first place, it has been well established that the phrase “three days and three nights” in ancient Hebrew usage was an idiomatic expression meaning simply “three days,” and was applicable even if the beginning and ending days of the period were only partial days. Thus it could refer to a period as short as about 38 hours. There is always some air in the whale’s stomach, and, as long as the animal it has swallowed is still alive, digestive activity will not begin. Thus, Jonah’s experience could possibly have happened entirely with the framework of natural law.
MIRACLE. It is much more likely, however, that the event involved a divine miracle, as the Scripturestrongly implies. The “great fish” was prepared and sent by God, as was the intense storm that threatened the ship on which Jonah was traveling. The storm ceased as soon as Jonah was cast overboard (Jonah 1:4, 15). In like manner, it was quite probable that God preserved Jonah’s life miraculously all through the horrifying experience.
RESURRECTION. A third possibility is that Jonah actually suffocated and died in the great fish and then God later brought him back from the dead. There are at least eight other such “resurrections” recorded in the Bible, as well as the glorious bodily resurrection of Christ—of which Jonah’s experience in particular was said by Christ to be a prophetic sign.
This is also implied by Jonah’s prayer, when he said:
In any case, it was a mighty experience, evidently well known and certified in his day, probably contributing in significant degree to the fact that all people of Ninevah repented and turned to God (Jonah 3:5) when Jonahreturned “from the dead,” as it were, to preach to them.
Even in Jesus’ day, it was so well known that He could use it as a “sign” of His own impending death and resurrection, which were to constitute God’s crowning proof of the deity of His Son and the great work of salvation which He would accomplish on the cross for all who would receive Him.
“God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assuranceunto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.” —Acts 17:30, 31 (King James Version)
So much to share!
1. How did The Word of God come to Jonah?
Many times, Word comes to us: a colleague, brother/sister, member of congregation, a pastor, even a friend may be moved to share.
Pray in all situations. (Word of note!) In your going out and coming in, The LORD knows all, and in faith sends His grace before, in and around (surrounding) you!
A twinkling of a share is that God knew you before you were born. Yes! We have decisions to make. Either way, the results are known before we make/take them.
No matter how The Word of The LORD came to Jonah (a dream, a share, a word, a ‘sentiment’. It came!)
Yet, he chose to run from it. And run he tried!
What situation are you in? Pray it into The presence of The great I am!
To quiet doubters. The Universe was not, until God spoke it into existence. For my scientific colleagues – neutrons, electrons, protons…visible?
First off, electrons and protons are most definitely particles. … Well we actually have viewed atomic nuclei (which are, of course, composed of protons) usingelectron microscopes. Electrons are much smaller than most atomic nuclei, so we are able to use them as a medium to view the features of atoms.
“They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Exodus 10:23
Fish ingest food through the mouth and break it down in the esophagus. In the stomach, food is further digested and, in many fish, processed in finger-shaped pouches called pyloric caeca, which secrete digestiveenzymes and absorb nutrients. … The intestine completes the process of digestion and nutrient absorption.
A Mayo Clinic study found that the average time food spends in the large intestine varies by gender: 33 hoursfor men and 47 hours for women. Your digestion rate is also based on what you’ve eaten. Meat and fish can take as long as two days to fully digest.
I will pause here and let it be pondered that we are known through and through! In our entirety we are known!
1 John 3:19-20
Y’all, this gets further into the not ‘often’ considered! You are where, why and when you are for a reason!
LORD God Almighty we come into Your presence and seek You to take control of
all, we pray in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen