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The Lord Spoke To The Fish – Fifth Night

on November 30, 2012

13The Lord Spoke To The Fish – Fifth Night

Jonah 2: 10  NKJV     “So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

      God commanded His prophet, Jonah, to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the city would be destroyed because of their great wickedness. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for Tarshish. Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of Nineveh. Because Jonah did not have a right heart attitude, he refused to carry out God’s command. He deliberately rebelled against God.

While Jonah slept on the ship, God sent a storm, causing the frightened sailors to call upon their gods and to throw the cargo into the sea in an attempt to lighten the ship’s load. Lightening the load did not help and the sailors became more and more frightened.

They cast lots to find out who among them had brought this trouble upon them. The lot fell on Jonah and they questioned him about what he had done. He admitted to them that he was running from God. The sailors cried out to God for mercy as they threw Jonah into the sea.

Jonah 1:17  NKJV     “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

     Jonah was terrified! He found himself alive in the belly of a great fish, which God caused to swallow Jonah whole. For three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the great fish. Finally, on the fourth day he cried out to God for help. He thanked God for all that He had done. Jonah knew that only God could save him.

God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to go and warn the people of Nineveh about their sin. At last, Jonah went to Nineveh in obedience to God. When Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh, they believed God, and He withheld His judgment from the city.

 

Dear Father,      I thank-you that You are a God of forgiveness and second chances. I thank-you that You do not give us what we deserve, but that You are patient with us, full of love and mercy.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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