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Jonah 2

November 28, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

14 thoughts on “Jonah 2”

  1. v.6 I was as far down as a body can go, and the gates were slamming shut behind me forever – Yet you pulled me up from the grave alive.(The Message)

    This verse reminds of the poem, The Great Mercy by Katharine Tynan which starts with the words:

    Betwixt the saddle and the ground
    Was mercy sought and mercy found.
    Yea, in the twinkling of an eye,
    He cried; and Thou hast heard his cry.

    God is able to save in the twinkling of an eye, at the very last second of the very last minute.

  2. v.6 I was as far down as a body can go, and the gates were slamming shut behind me forever – Yet you pulled me up from the grave alive.(The Message)

    This verse reminds of the poem, The Great Mercy by Katharine Tynan which starts with the words:

    Betwixt the saddle and the ground
    Was mercy sought and mercy found.
    Yea, in the twinkling of an eye,
    He cried; and Thou hast heard his cry.

    God is able to save in the twinkling of an eye, at the very last second of the very last minute.

  3. Typical of the human way. LOLOL

    We spit at God in the face and say NO until we know He means business.

    Hmmm my life or do I break down and ask Him to help me.

    LOLOLOL

    Jonah felt God had abandoned him in the belly of the fish and he was soooo grateful for the mercy shown to him.

    It’s an awful thing to feel like God has abandoned you … it is a dark, cold and empty place.

    Much like the belly of a hungry fish I s’pose.

    4″So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight
    Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’

    7″While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple.
    8″Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness,

    9But I will sacrifice to You
    With the voice of thanksgiving
    That which I have vowed I will pay

    Salvation is from the LORD.”

    That voice of thanksgiving is a theme throughout the entire word.

  4. Typical of the human way. LOLOL

    We spit at God in the face and say NO until we know He means business.

    Hmmm my life or do I break down and ask Him to help me.

    LOLOLOL

    Jonah felt God had abandoned him in the belly of the fish and he was soooo grateful for the mercy shown to him.

    It’s an awful thing to feel like God has abandoned you … it is a dark, cold and empty place.

    Much like the belly of a hungry fish I s’pose.

    4″So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight
    Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’

    7″While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple.
    8″Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness,

    9But I will sacrifice to You
    With the voice of thanksgiving
    That which I have vowed I will pay

    Salvation is from the LORD.”

    That voice of thanksgiving is a theme throughout the entire word.

  5. My version of v.8 says: Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

    Which makes me wonder if we also oftentimes, forfeit the grace that could be ours.

  6. My version of v.8 says: Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

    Which makes me wonder if we also oftentimes, forfeit the grace that could be ours.

  7. The thing most people know about Jonah is he was swallowed by a big fish which happens in the last verse of chapter 1. The last verse of chapter 2 he is vomited onto dry land. In between we have his eight verse prayer and nothing else. Yet he was in the fish for three days and three nights. So I suspect his eight verse prayer is a summary of all the prayers he prayed from inside the fish. Three days and three nights certainly would give you lots of thinking time.

  8. The thing most people know about Jonah is he was swallowed by a big fish which happens in the last verse of chapter 1. The last verse of chapter 2 he is vomited onto dry land. In between we have his eight verse prayer and nothing else. Yet he was in the fish for three days and three nights. So I suspect his eight verse prayer is a summary of all the prayers he prayed from inside the fish. Three days and three nights certainly would give you lots of thinking time.

  9. Maybe he was so stubborn and air was in short supply LOL

    So he had time to decide whether he wanted to live or not.

    It must have been awfully slimy in there.

    But then again maybe he cried out right away and the Lord took His sweet time to free him. lol

  10. Maybe he was so stubborn and air was in short supply LOL

    So he had time to decide whether he wanted to live or not.

    It must have been awfully slimy in there.

    But then again maybe he cried out right away and the Lord took His sweet time to free him. lol

  11. v.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.’

    Interesting that Jonah prayed this prayer before he was vomited up (v.9). He expressed faith before he saw his deliverance. A good model for us.

  12. v.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.’

    Interesting that Jonah prayed this prayer before he was vomited up (v.9). He expressed faith before he saw his deliverance. A good model for us.

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