Jonah 2

Jonah 2:1-10

1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, “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. 3 For you cast me into the deep into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. 4 Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ 5 The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head 6 at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. 7 When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. 8 Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. 9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” 10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

1. The Art of Recreation and the heart of God

Jesus compares this very moment in biblical history and uses it to anticipate his resurrection. Cf. Matthew 12:38–40

Why does God drive this prophet into the most uncomfortable deep place of suffering imaginable? Cf. Jeremiah 18:1–8; Hosea 2:5-6

God knows that true, bottom of the pit brokenness is the only place where people change, where we’re reborn. What is God doing in these moments?

He’s recreating, Cf. John 12:24

He’s disciplining, Cf. Hebrews 12:7–11

2. How to pray in the belly of the fish

Honest venting (verse 1)

Confident Trust (verse 2 & 4)

• Trust in a God who is in control (verse 3, 6, & 10)

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