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Introduction. 

A whale of a tale! The book of Jonah is unlike all other OT Prophetic books. Jonah is called to preach to gentiles, the Assyrians (think Nazis), and it is written as a historical satirical narrative. A humorous true life story in which the chief character never acts as expected. This little book most clearly states the Central Proposition of all the Scriptures: Salvation is of the Lord!

 

Audio Version

 

SERMON TITLE: GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING

TEXT:  Jonah 1:17-2:10

SPEAKER: Pastor Dave Muntsinger 

SERMON SLIDES

 

INTRODUCTION.

A whale of a tale! The book of Jonah is unlike all other OT Prophetic books. Jonah is called to preach to gentiles, the Assyrians (think Nazis), and it is written as a historical satirical narrative. A humorous true life story in which the chief character never acts as expected. This little book most clearly states the Central Proposition of all the Scriptures: Salvation is of the Lord!

DISCUSSION.

  • Was Jonah really swallowed by a whale (ketos dag)?   Jesus affirms:

    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. Matt. 12:40

    1. A Prayer of Deliverance and Thanks (v.2-7)
      • The Prophet praises God while in the belly of the fish
      • Do you praise God in the midst of your trial?
    2. What darkness has swallowed you up?
      • Grief, Guilt, Substances, Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Debt
      • Can you overcome it by your own human effort?
      • Have you descended to the bottom of your troubles?
    3. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. (v.8)
    4. What idols do you cling?
      • Power, Pleasure, Fame, Comfort, Wealth, Career, Success, Reputation, Family, Appearance, iPhone
      • How Self-Righteous are you?
    5. Salvation is of the Lord (not from man) (v.9)
    6. Are you clinging to Christ and His grace?

Jonah Inside the Whale

Lastly, how did Jonah breath for three days?  Whales breath through a blowhole on top of their head.  The
blowhole leads to the whale’s trachea and then to its lungs.  There is no connection to the whale’s stomach.
Therefore, no air can reach the whale’s stomach.  Also, whales cannot breath through their mouth.

Again, if no air can reach a whale’s stomach, how did Jonah breath for 3 days?   The answer is in
Jonah 2:5  “The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me;  seaweed was wrapped around my
head.”  Seaweed is a great producer of oxygen.  Marine plants produce between 70 and 80 percent of the oxygen
in the atmosphere.  Trees and land plants are important for survival, but man could not survive without algae.  I
believe God provided enough seaweed in the whale’s stomach for Jonah to breath for 3 days

We have read that Jonah could have survived in a whale for 3 days without food and water.  Also, God provided
enough seaweed for Jonah to breath for three days.  No doubt, Jonah was not in perfect health when he was spit
out of the whale onto dry land.

the largest known whale is the blue whale.  It is over 100 feet long or 1/3 of a football field.  The blue whale has a mouth that is large enough to fit 100 people.  The blue whale does not eat meat.  They have no teeth that would bitedown on Jonah.  

They feed almost exclusively on krill which are small sea animals with shrimp like vertebrae.
The blue whale pushes against it’s upper jaw with its tongue to filter out the water through the baleen hairs
or bristles connected to the upper jaw, keeping the krill in the mouth.

Next, the esophagus of a blue whale is only 4″ to 6″ wide but is stretchy (contains groves) and can expand to
around 12″.  It would be tight but Jonah could fit if he was a small slender man.  The sperm whale (see above)
has a much larger esophagus and often eats sharks and squids.  After the esophagus, is the whales stomach.
The whale stomach is made of 3 chambers.  The first chamber or forestomach is a sac-like ex-
tension of the esophagus with no digestive glands.  The second or main chamber is where the digestive
juices are released.  The third chamber is called the pyloric stomach.  

It is entirely possible that Jonah was held in the first chamber which is at least 132 gallons in size
and has no digestive juices.  This chamber is used to store the krill to be digested later.  Sometimes the
whale barfs out this food to make room for more food like seagulls.  This is consistent with
Jonah 2:10  “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

 

 

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