Jonah Chapter 2

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Jonah 2

1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,

2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

47 thoughts on “Jonah Chapter 2

  1. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

    7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
    no matter what your going through no matter how bad things get give thanks in all thing and count it all glory

  2. 1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,

    2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

    Those times that it seems that your prayers aren’t getting past the ceiling, just remember that Jonah wasn’t perfect but his prayers still reached God from inside a fish at the bottom of the ocean!

    “There have been times when I thought my prayers
    Didn’t even reach the ceiling of the room
    Where I knelt to pray
    And a voice inside kept asking me
    Did I think God was really listening
    To anything that I had to say
    But I just kept on a praying
    And holding on by faith
    Knowing God is always in control
    And I waited like a rose bud in the garden
    For only God can unfold the rose”

    (Frank O’Brian/Timothy Spell)

  3. Jonah 2:8
    Those who pay regard to false, useless, and worthless idols forsake their own [Source of] mercy and loving- kindness.

    How valuable is our time?

    I have heard, and said, there isn’t enough time. Yet God has afforded 24 hours to every man. He has given us the resources we need to accomplish his perfect will.

    The Lord laid a phrase on my heart the other day that has been ringing in my ears.

    “Saturation is the key to maturation.”

    If we want to grow in God – If we want to go deeper, and know him more – we only do so by prayer, fasting, reading and studying his word, and doing his will: reaching the lost.

    God doesn’t want to be “fit in”to our schedule. He wants to be the schedule.

    It’s not a sin to entertain ourselves with clean media. However what are we missing out on when we direct our time toward anything other than God?

  4. 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    I will look again, Thank God for a God that will give us another chance. Jonah was even in the belly of a fish in the depths of the sea. Yet when he prayed God heard him, We must always return to God and allow him to have his way in our life.

    When we look again toward God he will have mercy on us and allow us back into the fold.

    WE as the body of Christ should always, help people back into the fold. To get help we have to realize, like the prodical son WHEN HE CAME TO HIS RIGHT MIND, he realized they were servants in his father’s house living better than him.

    Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
    Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

    We as the church must restore someone when they are overtaken with a fault. Many times we revert back to the old testament and want to stone them to death with our words of destruction, hen we should be praying for them instead fo talking about them. God help us to remember who we are and give us a spirit of meekness not a judgemental spirit that we want to condemn them. If we are not careful we will destroy them instead of bringing them back to the fold.
    Jesus even left the 99 sheep who were just and went after the one (1) that needed him.
    Yes we need to bear one another’s burden.

    Thank God for his love even when we are not loveable.
    Help us Lord to be more like you!!!!!

  5. Remember the Lord.

    7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    No matter what the situation is, no matter what your circumstances may say, no matter how deep you got yourself into; remember the Lord. Remember that our Lord is bigger than any problem, mightier than any circumstance, and sharper than any sword. Call upon our Lord Jesus Christ and He will make peace in the mist of your chaos.

  6. Even in your troubles God will hear you. God heard Jonah when he ran from God. God’s ears never stop hearing. If you have been crying for a while, maybe you just need some desperation and knowledge that God is the only way it will happen.

  7. HALELUJAH!!!
    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
    JESUS YOU ARE MORE THAN GOOD TO ME!!!
    JESUS I LOVE YOU AND I PRAISE YOU FOR ONLY YOU ARE WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE!!!
    HALELUJAH!!! DADDY I THANK YOU FOR EVERY BLESSING !!!

  8. “Then Jonah prayed…” What a different story this could have been had chapter one started with “Jonah prayed, then…” Why are we so hard-headed and stubborn sometimes? It seems such a simple concept to pray before we make decisions. However, in my case it seems, it took me years to “pray, then…” I still find myself in situations where the reality is I act before pray and make a mess of things. Lord, help me to “pray, then…”!

    James 1:5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. MGS

    Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. KJV

  9. 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

    oooh hallelujah that no matter where or how far we have gone, no matter where we run or when we turn our backs and walk away from God he will hear us cry. I thank you Jesus for being so merciful, even when we have walked away from the will of God you still love us. Thank you Jesus that if our cry is so far in the wilderness and nobody can hear us you are there! Thank you Jesus for never leaving nor forsaking us. YOU ARE SO GOOD GOD ❤

  10. 1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,

    2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
    So many times we have to cry out of the belly of hell because we are the ones that put ourselves there.Had we obeyed the first time God told us what to do , we wouldn’t be in this mess to start with. But God is a merciful God and hears us when we are in trouble and makes a way for things to get better. Just hold on and the light of a new day is coming!!

  11. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.

    None of us are able to say any differently, because we were all sinners when He called us. I was deep in sin when He pulled me out and brought me into His marvelous light. Every day I am greatful for all He has done, is doing and will do for me and my family…

  12. When you …. Then God will… 

    But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.” Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach. (Jonah 2:9, 10 NLT)

    When we repent of our errors, submit our will and obey the Lords commands then He will make a way. 

  13. David said that “Even if I make my bed in the pits of Hell, you will be there with me”. No matter where we are He is there. If we are in sin, He is reaching, trying to draw us to Him, if in His presence, then, we will be walking with Him…

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    4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    Jonah was in a bad situation because of the poor decision he had made. He knew God was merciful and he also knew the promises of God. He knew the promises that God had promised to Solomon.

    1Ki 8:44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:
    1Ki 8:45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
    1Ki 8:46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;
    1Ki 8:47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;
    1Ki 8:48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:
    1Ki 8:49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
    1Ki 8:50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:
    1Ki 8:51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:
    1Ki 8:52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.
    1Ki 8:53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.
    1Ki 8:54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
    1Ki 8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
    1Ki 8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
    1Ki 8:57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
    1Ki 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
    1Ki 8:59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:
    1Ki 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
    1Ki 8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes.

    If we know the Word of God, it will always help us in the time of need

  15. Not too far gone….

    2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

    Some think that they are unworthy of God. Some say that they are in too big of a mess for the Holy Ghost to reach them. We have to remember that God knows the darkness better than anyone, he made it. He knows where you are at. You cant get too far from God that he doesnt hear your voice. All you have to do is simply repent. He is just waiting on someone to cry out. His light is greater and more powerful than any dark situation or even life style that you may find yourself in. Let God be God. He is come to save us no matter where we are.

  16. CONDITIONS FOR RELEASE

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
    10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

    Regardless of the conditions of our surroundings and the reasons or cause that we are in the belly of hell. Our response to GOD in those often dark and challenging circumstances is what prepares the conditions for our release from the dark, binding, trials. We find the combination that Jonah used to redeem himself from the dark situation he found himself in as result of his selfish decision to RUN FROM GOD.

    1. Sacrifice – the first key to deliverance is that we must be willing to give up something, usually our will. (I will sacrifice)

    2. Praise – the correct attitude in lifting our voice is that of Thanksgiving. (the voice of Thanksgiving)

    3. Commitment – making good of our word. (I will pay that I have vowed)

    GOD is our Father and knows what is best for us and only HE knows the master plan for eternity, I am thankful, humbled, honored and elated that HE chose me and has made available to me the opportunity to be involved in HIS master plan.

    If you find yourself in a dark place today, simply make up in your mind to do the will of GOD. Sacrifice, Praise, and make good any vows, pledges or commitments that you have made to HIM. GOD will speak to whatever has you bound and release you to fulfill HIS will.

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  17. 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

    I Chronicled 16:34, Psalms 118:1 : His mercy endures forever! Even in the middle of the storm we give thanks knowing that God’s got our back. He knows where we are & what we’re going through and that’s very comforting when things get crazy in life. Our thanksgiving becomes a sacrifice because we are thanking & praising despite the storm. Here Jonah declares he will uphold his vow he made to God instead of running away from it.

  18. Some have voids in there life that try to be filled with all the wrong things. Looking for answers in the wrong places. Look to God and He will answer! He hears our cry and wants to help His children!

  19. 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

    What are your eyes on?

    We have two choices really: keep our eyes on Jesus, the one true God, the only fulfillment, or everything else, unsatisfactory emptiness.the consequence for the latter is stated here. We forsake our own mercy.

  20. v9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving ; I will pay that that I have vowed.
    Salvation is of the LORD.

    v10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon dry land.

    Once again the choice is ours we can repent and grow in grace or rebel and stop our spiritual progress.
    We see that Jonah ‘s prayer and worship unto GOD brought him deliverance .
    We should except GOD to do the impossible as we lift HIM up with our adoration and praise. We can expect physical healing, and deliverance from chains of sinful bondage.
    As we spend time in HIS presence in prayer and worship…. So shines the light of GOD on our hearts and reveals spiritual flaws.
    THERE IS POWER IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP!!!
    Our devotion to GOD is our highest calling in life.
    GOD YOU’RE AWESOME !!!

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  21. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
    7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    Sometimes God allows us to get to the bottom of our situation. The only way to look from the bottom is up. We see here the Jonah had a repentant heart. When we make mistakes we tend to forget that God is the just judge. Therefore as such he will hear our plee. And as a judge we come into his courts with reverence and respect. It’s all in the attitude. Jonah turned to the temple. He turned back his heart towards God. We must turn our hearts towards God.

  22. 7. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in onto thee, into thine holy temple.

    The bible is full of promises of God, His mercy endures forever and new are his mercies every morning.

    just two of my favorites versus:
    I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Psalm 3:4

    The Lord is good , a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knowwth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

  23. Look To Jesus

    3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

    4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    Psalm 42:5-8
    5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

    6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

    7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

    8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

    Jonah describes the ordeal of facing the fallout of bad decisions. I am reminded of Psalm 42 which echoes a similar description of both the pain and solution; when the bottom falls out, look to Jesus. It can be tempting to look at the situation, what others did, what you did, even what you feel like God did or did not do, but in the end we must get our eyes off all the stuff and get them focused on Jesus. It’s like what Pastor said recently, if you pray before you go (if you focus on Jesus), you won’t have to pray as much when you come back or even save yourself the trip altogether. It’s easier to look ahead if you don’t have a past screaming behind you and you didn’t lose momentum looking back in the first place.

    But, while it is sad and unnecessary, life happens and mistakes are made and bad decisions chosen. The answer is to return and “praise Him again” and allow God to take the lead in the way of restoration so we can take on a life of worship again.

    Psalm 42:1-11 NLT
    1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.

    2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?

    3 Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”

    4 My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!

    5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and

    6 my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

    7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

    8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

    9 “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief,oppressed by my enemies?”

    10 Their taunts break my bones.They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

    11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

  24. 9 But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”
    10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach. (NLT)

    God waits and always listens for His children, because the day that we chose to recognize Him and give Him the glory He deserves, He will answer our prayers.

  25. This chapter illustrates realization. Jonah had to first realize he needed God (Jesus); “I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me”. One must first realize one needs God, and that God is in control; “yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God”. What a mighty God we serve! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  26. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

    “Salvation is of the Lord”. This whole chapter is filled with hope, mercy, and God’s love. John’s remembered… He remembered what a great salvation. The salvation that he was supposed to preach, the mercy that he was supposed to show by giving the news of salvation. He remember that he could cry out to the Lord, repent and look again to the holy temple, he remembered that there was a church where salvation was preached, a temple that offered hope to the hopeless, mercy and grace. He remembered that salvation is of the Lord. Perhaps at one point mite people of Ninive did follow the Lord but had gone off the path, rebelled or backsliden it’s all the same when both are in need of salvation. Now he was in that stage as Ninive was destined for doom, but he remembered that salvation is of the Lord. We cannot choose who receives the message salvation is of the Lord. Jonah was taught a lesson. The Lord is a righteous loving God that offers the gift of repentance. Will the people take it? That’s a choice. We are to GO and preach witnessing to everyone. If we all will see this great gift, Salvation, we should rejoice and protect it. And tell the good news. Salvation is of the Lord.

  27. 7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

  28. Understanding Judgement

    4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    Joel, realizing that he is no longer in the sight of God, decides to look again to the presence of God. When we are in the midst of judgement, self examination needs to occur. Joel realizes why he is where he is and rectifies that. We need to exhibit the same actions in our lives. God’s holy nature, requires that we be punished when we live in sin or rebel. The holiness of God’s character exercises judgement and punishes sin. This judgement is meant to bring us to repent and back under the favor of God.

  29. 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight;yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    You can be in the church and just as lost. Fleeing the world, but fighting the word. Needing and wanting the guidance, but defying authority. Yet somehow when we hit rock bottom or simply just tried of not completely experiencing God’s power, will one turn thirty eyes back to the Lord.

  30. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

    It’s all in the sacrifice.

  31. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me! I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death! (Jonah 2:1, 2, 6 NLT)
    When you finally realize in the situation( trouble, problems, addictions) that you’re in, it’s when we(I ) cry out to a merciful GOD! He can save, deliver, heal, redeem you.

  32. I feel that no matter how many times we been swallowed up with pain and sorrow all we have to do is called unto God and he will rise us up.

  33. 7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

    10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

    When Jonah came to his senses then the fish spit him up on dry ground. sometimes we have to go through the belly of a fish, the muck and the mire, the seaweed and “junk” before we recognize that we need the Lord and confess we need help. Lord help us to not be prideful and admit when we have made a mistake and grow from that point.

  34. It’s amazing to know that it doesn’t matter how far away you run, how deep in the sea you sink, or how lost and dead you may seem. If we could just cry out to God for forgiveness, mercy, and help, He would hear our voice and save us from our sinful ways.

    v.9 “Salvation is of the Lord.”
    2 Chronicles 7:14- “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

  35. Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

    Psalm 50:14,15
    14.Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
    15. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

  36. 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

    Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom for God to get our attention. Sometimes when we are praying and feel like we are getting nowhere God is waiting to see if we are sincere or just wanting our problem taken care and then when it is we go on our own way. My prayer is that I do all I can do for what God has called me for.

  37. The beginning of verse 1 in the MSG reads “Then Jonah prayed to his God from the belly of the fish…..”. Jonah still knew who his God was; even though he was running from what his God was telling him to do. Jonah knew who could save him and who could hear his cry. Many are crying out to the wrong things and need revelation of who our God is.

  38. True deliverance will come, when you have a heart that has repented. Jonah realized that he had done wrong and the only out was to pray to God. You can’t fool God no matter how hard you try. He doesn’t look at the appearance of the outside, he looks at the heart.

  39. 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

    Afflictions of life are sometimes the things that cause us to turn to God and move towards God’s plan for our life. When trouble comes run to The Lord and not away from him.

  40. Even when we have not followed the will of God and obeyed him, if we will truly repent and call on Him, he will hear our voice and help us.

  41. Sheol

    Micah 7:8 “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.”

    The Hebrew word Sheol occurs in the Old Testament more than 60 times and is translated in a variety of ways, primarily “grave”. Sheol is described in the book of Job as a place of no return (Job 7:9), a place to hide (Job 14:13) -a deep (Job 11:8), dark (Job 17:13) and enclosed (Job 17:16) place. No wonder Jonah likens being in the fish’s belly to being in Sheol! But Jonah is not complaining. His full statement is actually a burst of praise to the God who has spared him from Sheol’s fate. Jonah feels buried at the moment, but he is buried alive.

    In vs 7 Jonah says “when my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.” When I look at the word here “remember” I literally think re-member or to put back together the pieces. Once Jonah came to his senses he knew who he needed to cry out to. When we feel like we’re at death’s door emotionally, spiritually, or even physically, we can take heart from the experience of Jonah and others who have recieved God’s mercy. The next time we are “swallowed” by overwhelming emotion, we can rejoice with those before us like David in Psalm 30 “weeping may remain for a night.. rejoicing comes in the morning” (Ps 30:5).

  42. Jonah’s disobedience lead him to near death. Comes a time when it takes a near death experience to realize that we need God in our lives. Here Jonah thought he could hide from God and do his will. Little did he know that we can run but we can’t hide from God.

    Lord I pray the lost and backsliders who run from you realize they are only hurting themselves, God hears a sincere cry for help just like Jonah did.

    Lord I seek you Now!!!

  43. Here we continue to see Jonah’s journey to the Lord and what he has to endure through as God is working him to bring salvation to the city of Ninevah. We left from the last chapter with Jonah just being eaten by a large sea creature… all hope seems to be lost? But God is only beginning to work in his life.

    After making the sacrifice of getting himself thrown in the sea, it seems like it went all for not as he gets swallowed by the sea creature. Touching on my last point in the previous chapter, does it seem like you did everything you could and it seemed like it was all for not? Though it may not seem like it at the time, but God is merely beginning your journey to what he has created you to be.

    So how does Jonah react to his seemingly hopeless situation? Not in the way that most people would act being eaten in the ocean, and it gives us some good keys on how we should react when we thrown in a dead situation in our lives.

    Number #1 Praying

    1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,

    At the first sign of trouble, pray. Pray to God for help and strength through your tough time. You may not feel like doing, you may feel like that you have been let down, but prayer through your situation and God will help see you through.

    Psalms 5:3 My voice thou shalt hear in the morning O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up.

    Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord bu the prayer of the upright is his delight.

    Number #2 Keeping your sights straight

    4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

    Despite the dire situation Jonah has been through into, he set his sights upon the Lord. It seemed like that God was a far ways away in this situation and he couldn’t hear God, but despite that he still looked towards the Lord for help. Does you seem like you’re in a situation that God is far away? He seems to be silent and not answer your prayers? Don’t look away from God and look towards other sources to help you out… but keep your sights set on the Lord.

    Psalms 123:2 Behold as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God until that he have mercy upon us.

    Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help and stay on horses and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel neither seek the Lord.

    Number #3 Remember

    7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

    When times turned rough, Jonah remembered the things that God had done for him in the past to help him reflect on what God can do in the present and the future. So remember all the miracles that God has done for you throughout your life.

    Number #4 Giving thanks

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

    Despite the situation he was in and seeing no results in the physical realm that God was there, he thanked God in advance for the miracle that was about to happen. Even if your situation seems hopeless and you seem to have no reason to be thankful, give thanks in advance to God for the miracle he is about to do.

    Acts 16:25-26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Number #5 Keep your vows.

    Also from verse 9, make sure you remember and keep your vows you have made onto God. If you haven’t done so, make sure you do whatever you can to make things right, on whatever they may be cause it is very important to God

    And after this… God delivered his miracle to Jonah.

    10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

    The Lord delivered him from a place that was seemingly hopeless and Jonah became a testimony unto others that has lived through for thousands of years after he has gone and it all happened in one instant as the fish vomited out Jonah on the shore. And not only that, since this fish was probably a faster swimmer than Jonah ever could be… the fish that ended up eating Jonah, also brought him to his place that God had called him to even faster than Jonah could ever gotten there himself. God can do the same thing in your life as well! He can bring you to the place he has called you into faster then you could have gotten there yourself… all you need to do just keep your sights set on the Lord and let him work through your life.

  44. 6. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 7. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of Thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 10. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jo’-nah upon the dry land. jonah’s Prayer and Deliverance

  45. Vomit me out!!!

    As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. (Proverbs 26:11 NIV)

    10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

    Ha ha!!! You went in eating your vomit but The Lord relieved you through the vomit!

    When we reach that point of repentance we don’t care how we are relieved from it all. It’s not always the prettiest sight but praise God He brought you out!!!

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