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Was the swallowing of Jonah by the fish to preserve him?
Good question, it sounds simple, but it carries a deeper implication. The idea of Jonah being preserved or saved from danger, is this, the only danger Jonah was being protected from was himself. In verse one and two of the book which bears his name, we read he was told by the Lord to go to the city of Nineveh, and warn them concerning their wickedness. However, in verse three we are told, but Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa.
Here is one of the lessons, whenever the child of God turns their back on the Lord, or refuse to do what they ought to do, they never progress, they digress. Though he went to Joppa, a geographical location, but the idea is that, if the Christian flees from the Lord in whichever way, they backslide, and their condition will get worse. Hence, he went down to Joppa. The adverb “down” or the phrase he went down to Joppa, typified a retrogressive deterioration of the backsliding believer, but there is always hope to those who call upon the Lord. It doesn’t matter the time or the location.
Jonah was the perfect example, he called upon the Lord during what seems to be his last seconds. In so doing, the Lord will use any means to reach out and save that soul. Even if it takes a “great fish” and the “world” to be used as an instrument.
So the was the storm a type of judgment and the fish protection from the judgment?
Basically I want to know more about the fish 😊
At least we know to a degree it wasn't a whale
Yes, the Sunday School songs :)
Well the men on the ship (mariners), the wind and the sea, they all served the purpose of restoring Jonah. The men on board the ship, typified the world. Sometimes it takes the persecution of the world to get the believer to do what they need to do. They threw Jonah overboard. However, he wasn't swallowed immediately by the great fish after he was thrown overboard into the sea. He actually sunk to the bottom of the sea. Likely the ship at this point wasn’t in Deep-sea because in verse 13, we read, the men tried to get the ship to shore, rowing with all their might, but the storm was becoming worse and worse, and they got nowhere. So, Jonah was thrown overboard. Although, the ship likely wasn’t at Deepsea, but due to the velocity and the high turbulence of the sea, it likely took Jonah quickly and far from where he was thrown off, causing him to sink at the bottom of the sea. You can read this in Chapter two verse six.
At the bottom of the sea, it was then when the great fish swallowed him. Now, concerning the fish, it wasn’t your ordinary fish. The Scripture referred to it as a “great fish” for a reason. The word great, carries two main meanings in this situation for the fish.
Something that is very large.
something of an old origin or great age.
Notice, Chapter 1:17, it said, the Lord “prepared” the great fish to swallow up Jonah, not that it was created at that moment, but likely a creature of an ancient origin that was still roaming the unknown depth of the sea, and was supernaturally prepared by the Lord for this purpose. So much to say, but you get the point. :)