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Darkness (2 of 4)
Series: Jonah - Relentless Pursuit
Alright-we are taking four weeks to look at the book of Jonah. Jonah was a prophet, which means that his role was to speak for God. And last week we looked at chapter one, where God told Jonah, ''Go to the city of Nineveh, and warn them that my judgment is coming.'' But Jonah didn't like that assignment, so he got on a ship going in the opposite direction; the ship was struck by a storm; and Jonah wound up getting thrown overboard by the sailors. So that's where we left off last week.
So-let's read today's passage. It starts with the last verse of chapter one, and then all of chapter two. Here we go-Jonah 1:17…
17 Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. And then chapter 2: 1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 He said:
''In my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4 I said, 'I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.'
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, LORD my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7 ''When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, LORD,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8 ''Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God's love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, 'Salvation comes from the LORD.'''
10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
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