Jonah prophesied about 50 years before Amos and Obadiah. He lived in the Kingdom of Israel, north of the Kingdom of Judah. Jonah’s prayer has much in common with the great prayers of men like David – Psalm 86. Jesus uses this passage to teach His resurrection. Matthew 12:39-41
* Loving God, please open our eyes to see Jesus today from Your word.
“I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.”
Jonah is a broken character of a man, given to anger and unresolved frustrations, railing at the world around him and railing at his Lord God.
But here we have a most wonderful passage.
It is a passage that can give the seeker hope, the downtrodden and lost and lonely – The Lord answers prayer! He loves us with a love that has no end!
Deeper still, here Jonah’s word echo the passage of our King Jesus – Who went to the cross, and who went deeper still for us.
Three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the great fish.
“Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.'”
We see Jonah pointing us to Jesus, God in the person of the Son being forsaken by His Father (God in the person of the Father).
Jesus Himself tells us about this in Matthew chapter 12,
“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.”
Our King took the punishment for each sheep in His flock, He took the totalled weight of the sin of every one of God’s people from Adam through to those who will be alive at the last trumpet – And He took that sin to the cross, and as with Jonah so with Jesus, three days and nights in the deep.
Jonah was not Jesus. He did not save anyone. But he points us to Jesus – Who did effectually and intentionally save His people. Once for all time.
* Mighty God,
Thank You for this day. Please help us to go about Your will as we submit underneath it.
Thank You for Your word. Please write it on our hearts as we read and dwell on it.
Thank You for Your saving work to and in us. Please save those around us.
Our hearts go out to the lost and lonely, please call them home our Good Shepherd.