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Jonah 2 - Rock Bottom

Salvation belongs to the Lord (but He reserves the right to dish it out with some humor)!

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Jonah 2 Summary

After the opening chapter in which he was continually going down, Jonah has literally sunk to the bottom (v6), and can do nothing except for look up to God.

It's at this point that Jonah's story begins an upward arc, ironically from the belly of a great fish that the Lord provided (1:17).

Notice the tension with which Jonah speaks to God with: On one hand, Jonah recognizes Yahweh as his God, who heard Jonah's cry for help as he was sinking down.

On the other hand, in v3, Jonah understands that it was God who put him into his current predicament:

  • It was God, not the sailors, who cast Jonah into the churning sea;

  • The very things threatening Jonah's life came from God! Jonah tells God that it was your waves and your billows that pushed him under.

Yet Jonah's prayer is a beautiful psalm of salvation:

  • v1 - know that in your deepest distress that God hears your voice and answers you;

  • v6 - God can bring your life up from the pit;

  • v9 - Salvation belongs to the Lord!