Sermon: The God Who Finds Us | Jonah Part 1 (Chapters 1 – 2)

by Spencer Boersma

The God Who Finds Us | photo: creationswap.comWhile we get fixated on the notion that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, we forget that Jonah was the prophet that ran from God. What kind of person runs from God? Who did he understand God to be? Was God someone so terrible and unforgiving that there was no hope of second changes? It seems like Jonah did not know that he would be saved from the whale, nor does it sound like Jonah merely resided in the belly of a whale for three days. If we read the sign of Jonah through Christ, as Christ used this story to refer to himself, the sign of Jonah leads us deeper into the mysteries of what happened as Christ died on the cross and descended into hell. It looks more plausible that Jonah was brought to the brink of death and hell in the whale and God brought him back (maybe even resurrected him) in order for him to understand that God is a God that you cannot run from…and that is a good thing…


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