The Book of Jonah Part 3
August 18, 2019

The Book of Jonah Part 3

Passage: Jonah 2
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This is the summary of the sermon that Pastor Lucas shared Sunday, August 18, 2019. It was part 3 in his ongoing series on the ‘Book of Jonah’. 

In Jonah chapter 2, we finally get to see what the story of Jonah is most known for, the fish.

But as we saw this past week that the the biblical author knows exactly what he’s doing. And the fish is an instrument of God’s judgement and mercy. This image is meant to communicate being trapped, by our choices (judgement), circumstances outside our control (providence), or anything else. The image of Jonah being swallowed up is meant to place us in the story and see ourselves through the events in Jonah.

The story of chapter 2 is about Jonah’s faithlessness, and consequences of disobedience. But the theme running beneath the story of Jonah is…

Will God be faithful to redeem us/me out on the other side of my suffering?

Is God Faithful? Will he remember his people? Will he remember you? Is he with you on the other side of Humiliation? Loss? Death? Failure?

The answer from Jonah 2, is a resounding YES! 

Jonah 2:2 says,

“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.

The Mysterious providence of God will often bring us to a place that demands our reliance on him. In our suffering, whether it be self-induced like Jonah, or the result of others like Daniel or Joseph.

God’s not biting his fingernails. God’s not surprised. And there in fact may be times as Jonah’s indicating where God is the one who brought him into this experience of hardship. It means that nothing here surprises Him and that He is going to work this out redemptively for His purposes.

But unlike Jonah who had to be hurled into the chaos of death, Jesus knew the that in order to deal with the evil that is in this world, he willingly descend into the chaos (1 John 3:8). And we are invited to face our own sin/chaos with the assurance that we will be met with grace and mercy.

Although both Jonah and Jesus were brought to death at the hands of other people, their sacrifice brought peace, ordered the chaos.

But Jesus is the true and better Jonah, because his sacrifice wasn’t forced, coerced, or a vain attempt to look pious.  He gave himself over to Death for our sake, out of LOVE (Matthew 12:38-40).

So we know that through our suffering God is with us, and has demonstrated his authority over chaos, suffering, and death through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 10:17-18)