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Bible Character Study: Jonah

We all know the story of Jonah. Little guy who gets swallowed by a fish? Ring a bell? Well today we’ll be studying him today! Jonah, an ordinary guy like you and me, was chosen by God to take the gospel to the most powerful nation in the world at that time which was Assyria. I think that’s part of what makes his story so enjoyable and interesting to read and learn about. Jonah was chosen to be a symbol of the Son of Man by Jesus. In Luke 11: 30, it says, “For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.” His three days in the belly of the fish is used as a portrayal of Christ’s three days in the earth before His resurrection. It represented Christ’s death and resurrection, emphasizing the significance of this event. Matthew 12:40 - “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Just like any other human, Jonah had a lot of flaws. He was disobedient and actually attempted the fool-hardy escapade of running away from God. He lacked mercy and forgiveness, wanting revenge and holding bitterness in his heart. He was a complainer. Jonah didn’t respect God and had an overly high view of his own opinion and self. He routinely questioned God, disagreed with God, and vented his anger against God. Despite his faults, he did take responsibility for his actions instead of making others take it, he was honest when he was running away from God and about who he was, and he called out to God and expressed repentance while inside the belly of the fish.

The story of Jonah was to teach us all a lesson: Don’t run away from God. It’s impossible to succeed in the sense that God has instructed us through His Word and has will for our lives that we must follow and obey.If we don’t, we will pay the unavoidable price. Another lesson that is learned from the story of Jonah is that even flawed and imperfect people(which is everyone) can be used to carry out God’s purpose. We don’t have to look a certain way, act a certain way, or meet certain standards for God to us. God is not checking off boxes on a list to see if we fit the criteria. Anyone can be used to serve God. Finally, we must be merciful and forgiving. In this world we are often more concerned with materialistic things instead of people and believe that people deserve what happens to them, like Jonah, but we have to remember that they’re God’s children too , and if they're loved by God then we should love them too. We can all learn something from Jonah, from his character, his flaws, his strengths, how God used him, his symbolism, and the lessons that derive from his story.


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