Three Nights in a Strange Hotel (3 of 5) by Ernest Easley

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Three Nights in a Strange Hotel (3 of 5)
Ernest Easley
Jonah 1.13-2.10
April 29, 2007

If you like suspense and drama ... then the Old Testament book of Jonah is for you! And you don't have to look very far until you find yourself in one of the 4 chapters of Jonah!
The life-story of Jonah is very much like yours and mine! It's about a man's struggles. It's about a man's disobedience to God. It's about a man getting a second chance from God.
And in these 4 chapters we read the account of a literal man who was swallowed by a literal fish in a literal sea who went to a literal town where he saw literal people repent of their literal sin and literally receive God's forgiveness and grace.
Now somebody says, "Pastor, do you mean to say that you believe all of this literally happened?' I do and I'll tell you why: because Jesus did! In fact .. Jesus compared what happened to Jonah with what was going to happen to Him. And if you don't believe what happened to Jonah was literal .. then you cannot believe what happened to Jesus was literal .. that is .. His death, burial and resurrection.
Matthew 12.40, "For 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." -- Jesus Christ
So .. which chapter of Jonah are you living in today? Chapter 1 he is running from God. Chapter 2 he is running to God. Chapter 3 he is running with God. Chapter 4 he is running ahead of God.
Now if by chance you living in chapter 1 today .. you need to know that God is pursuing you! God is pursuing you and God will pursue you just like He did with Jonah! He will even send a storm if necessary to get your attention! He'll even prepare a big fish to cause you to stop your running from Him so that you will start running with Him.
1.17, "Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three ni ...

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