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A Whale's Belly for a Pulpit (7 of 17)
Series: Strange Texts but Grand Truths
Clarence E. Macartney
Jonah preached the shortest and the greatest sermon on record. It was a sermon of just eight words, ''Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.'' That sermon brought the great city of Nineveh to its knees and to repentance, from the king upon his throne to the beggar on the dunghill. Yet that sermon would never have been preached had Jonah himself not repented and prayed unto God out of the belly of the whale. Jesus himself recognized Jonah as a great preacher, for he said that Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, but ''a greater than Jonah is here.''
The call of God came to Jonah telling him, ''Go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.'' Every time the city of Nineveh is mentioned in the four chapters of Jonah, it is spoken of as a ''great'' city, ''an exceeding great city