The Bible never says Jonah was swallowed by a whale. In Matthew 12:40, the word for great fish can be translated, “sea monster.” The message of the Book of Jonah is God gives second chances.
God said, “Go!” Jonah said, “No!” God said, “Oh?!”
Jonah would not go because he knew the merciful and loving nature of God.
Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to spend.
- Jonah 1:12–13
- Mark 6:20
The sailors respected Jonah, and tried to save him, but what God wanted was a sacrifice; and Jonah was that man! (Jonah 1:16)
Despite his flawed example, Jonah brought these men to the Lord. God can use us, even when we are not exactly where we need to be. (Jonah 1:17)
A child of God, though off course at times, always returns home. (2 Peter 2:20–22)
A true believer will always come home, eventually. You can pray in any position, at any time, and anywhere.
“Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.”
- Ephesians 6:18
- Read: Jonah 2:1–9 NLT
Jonah effectively prayed the Word of God. Eight times in these verses he quotes from the Book of Psalms.
- Jonah 2:5
- Jonah 2:7
Put your hope in God, not in people or circumstances!
Jonah did not ask to be delivered; he just started giving praise to God.
- Jonah 2:9
- Read: Jonah 2:10; 3:2
1. God gave a second chance to Adam and Eve.
2. King David was given a second chance after his adultery and murder.
3. Samson was given a second chance.
4. Simon Peter failed miserably but was given a second chance.
Come to Christ and He will clean your life up!
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