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Previously: God loves people of all races and religions, but Jonah’s heart is cold toward others Jonah 1:17 A Great Fish Swallows Jonah Some people view the account of the fish as something not meant to be believed. But Jesus accepted the account of Jonah as historic. 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. – Matt 12:40-41 “The Lord appointed a great fish” – God stirred up the ocean, the wind, now a fish. God is acting sovereignly over his creation to accomplish his will. If you believe in the virgin birth & resurrection, believe that God appointed a fish. God will use this fish for his purposes: To rescue Jonah from drowning To return Jonah to the place to renew his commission To teach Jonah that he too needs the grace of God “The belly of a fish is not a happy place to live, but it is a good place to learn.” -RT Kendall Jonah 2:1-10 Jonah’s Prayer v. 1. His prayer is mostly giving thanks to God for rescuing him from drowning. v. 2. “I called to the Lord… he answered me.” See v. 7 – Jonah called out when he was in trouble, when his life was fainting. And God heard him – even this rebellious prophet. v. 3 Jonah learns he is guilty and deserving of God’s judgment. (3) “You cast me into the deep…” “Your waves and billows passed over me.” v. 4. “I am driven from your sight” – Jonah ran from God’s presence. God let Jonah feel far away from him, though God never let him go. Jonah learns he can turn back to the God of grace. (2,4) “yet I shall again look on your temple”. Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious & compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in love – Joel 2:13 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts – Zech 1:3 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored. – Job 22:23 “Grace is God drawing us sinners closer and closer to himself.” -JI Packer, Knowing God vv. 5-6 Jonah learns he is hopeless to save himself. (5,6) “Waters closed in over me…Deep surrounded me…Bars closed upon me forever” Jonah was sinking into the deep and he could not save himself. Jonah’s descension –Jonah drove himself deeper into a pit. Jonah went: “down to Joppa” (1:3a), “down to a ship” (1:3b) “down to the bottom of the ship” (1:5) “down to the bottom of the sea” (2:6) v. 7. “My life was fainting away…I remembered the Lord…my prayer came to you” There, at the bottom, you lose misconceptions of self-sufficiency. We hope for some people that they will “hit bottom” and change. It is not hitting bottom that changes us. But finding God there that changes us. In the dark, alone with God, he comes to himself – like the prodigal son. “You never realize that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” v. 8. “Those who cling to worthless idols forsake their hope of love.” Jonah learns that clinging to idols forfeits the grace of God. (8) v. 9. Jonah remembers that God saves by extreme and costly measures. (9) See v. 7 – “your holy temple” where costly sacrifices were made, and God showed mercy. “Salvation belongs to the Lord!” It is a proclamation, a declaration, an exclamation. God saves him, lifts him out of the pit. People talk about God’s love, but few are actually changed by it. 1. I am a sinner worthy of God’s judgment 2. I am helpless to save myself. 3. God saves by extreme and costly measures.

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