I believe the story – Now what? Jonah pt 2

Jesus refers to the story of Jonah – specifically the detail about Jonah being in the belly of the fish for three days and nights – so I believe that this story is true. So now what?

“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah…” This is how the book of Jonah begins. The word of the LORD came. This phrase is repeated many times in the Old Testament. God spoke to man even after man became His enemy. God’s word came to this earth to re-claim man for Himself. Moses began writing down God’s words, prophets and scribes wrote down Israel’s history as a subset of God’s words to them – whether they obeyed or rebelled. The words of God reveal a progressive revelation of God’s plan for redemption and rule of His redeemed people.

Hebrews 1 tells us exactly this. “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” Jesus told the disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:44-48)


Isn’t this the story of Jonah?

  1. God spoke. It will be fulfilled –  Judgment or Salvation.
  2. Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.
  3. Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed to all nations.
  4. You are witnesses.

God spoke and it was fulfilled. We see this in the story of Jonah. God’s plan was not dependent on Jonah. When Jonah ran the opposite way – God caught him. When Jonah proclaimed God’s judgment on Nineveh – God’s grace flowed. When Nineveh repented and was saved, Jonah was angry – God’s grace flowed. Jonah pitied a plant – God pitied a great foreign city of men, women, and children. Jonah witnessed God’s plan for the future and the Book of Jonah is the account of God’s coming Salvation to those  who repent and believe the mercy of God.

The Word of God is the message from God and the revealing of God to us His people. The idea of this Word from God is so important that, as we see in Hebrews 1, Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who come after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:1, 14-18)

The story of Jonah is true – the word of God is true and secured by the person of Jesus Christ.

What do I do with it?


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