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Rock Bottom - Escaping the Depths of Despair (2 of 4)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Jonah 2:1-2 (NIV)
"You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all Your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, 'I have been banished from Your sight…." (Vs. 3-4)
"The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head." (Vs. 5)
"To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever." (Vs. 6)
In case you're wondering, I'm in here and to be honest, it's really dark in here. I can't see a thing and I sort of feel boxed in, but I think I'll try to preach the whole message from inside this box. Just kidding. Laughter.
I'm too claustrophobic for that. We're in a series on the Book of Jonah and today we're covering Jonah chapter 2, where Jonah gets swallowed by the great fish, so I had our creative team make a box about the size of what it would have been like in the stomach of that great fish so I could get a little idea, a little feel of what it must have been like for Jonah. Now the Bible never says it was a whale. Now we always say, "Jonah and the whale", but the Bible calls it a great fish and the great fish is mentioned four times in the book of Jonah, which has caused some scholars to think maybe it was a whale shark and it wasn't a mammal at all. Well, we don't know if it was a whale, a whale shark or what it was, but a whale shark definitely is big enough to swallow a man. They can get up to 50 feet long and the way they feed is they open their enormous mouths and rush through the water at great speed, taking in everything along the way and they filter out all the water and swallow what's left. Now, they feed on crim and plankton and small organisms, but they could definitely accidentally swallow a man whole. Now the real point of the story is it's a miracle of God. You know, a lot of times critics have pointed to the book of Jonah and skeptics have said, "Well, the Bible is not true. How in the world could a whale swallow a man? How could that ever happen?" And, of course it could have happened. But the most important thing to know is God worked a miracle and I believe God is a miracle working God and I believe it happened because it's in God's word and God sent the great fish the Bible says, so God provided the miracle and he can do the miracle however he wants to do the miracle, but of course we know that a whale shark or a whale or, there's many huge fish or whales that could swallow a man whole, so we know it can happen, but the point is God worked a miracle. Now the great fish is not the star of the book of Jonah. The star of the Book of Jonah is not the great fish.