Oceans of Mercy: A Great Fish (Jonah 2:1-10)Pastor Billy Newhouse, April 29, 2012
Part of the Oceans of Mercy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Expect not only to read God's Word, but more importantly, but to have God’s Word read you. Let not our hearts shy away from the light of it, but truly come into the transforming light of it as we see ourselves in Jonah. The good news in the story of Jonah is the same good news in the story of Paul's conversion: the infinite lengths God goes to save those who want nothing to do with Him in their words, actions, and desires.
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1Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2And 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. 3For 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. 4Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6I 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. 7When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 10And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (KJV)