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A Man on the Run From a God on the Throne! (3 of 9)
It's Time To Check In to the Whale-A-Day Inn!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jonah 1: 17
1. Many years in Chicago two young homosexual men, by the names of Nathan Leopold and Charles Loeb, were brought to trial for the murder of a young boy. Their defense attorney was the well-known agnostic Clarence Darrow, the man famous for his arguments at the Scopes' trial, regarding the teaching of evolution in the public schools of Tennessee.
2. The Chicago trial was a lengthy one, but as it drew to a close Clarence Darrow presented his closing argument. The testimony of one witness had been particularly damaging to his case, so Darrow referred to it by saying, "Why, a person could as easily believe this man's testimony as he could believe that the whale swallowed Jonah."
3. Apparently, there were some on the jury who did believe that the whale had indeed swallowed Jonah. Moreover, they believed that Leopold and Leob were guilty, and convicted them. But the statement, "A person can as easily believe that as believe that the whale swallowed Jonah," became a rallying cry for many who wished to deny the truthfulness of this narrative. 1
4. As we come to the the final verse of chapter 1 we come to the most popular episode in the story. As I stated several weeks ago, most people, both believer and unbeliever, equate the book of Jonah to being about a fish. That is the most common opinion, and perception whenever one thinks of the story.
5. Furthermore, there are many who, for years, have debated, doubted and denied the historical authenticity of this account. They have done everything in an attempt to explain it away, and have even reduced the account to nothing more than a myth, a fable, or a legend.
6. I again borrow the words of the great British preacher, G. Campbell Morgan:
"Men have been looking so long at the great fish, that they have failed to see the great God!"
7. You see the main ch ...
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