We discovered in Jonah 1, how that Father had wanted the Ninevites--Nineveh was the capital of Assyria--to repent and turn their hearts to Him. So He sent to them, the prophet, Jonah. Jonah though, knowing Father's future plan of using these same Ninevites to take the House of Israel into captivity because of their idolatry, decides he doesn't want this--their repentance--to take place, so he figures (wrongly and falsely, while at the same time is very "Christ like" and that is what Jonah is a "type" of Christ) that he'll sacrifice himself instead. So he boards a ship that is about to put-to-sea, and when it does embark on it's voyage, Father causes a great tempest to come against the ship in order to cause the sailors to throw Jonah overboard and off their ship, so that He can then use a great fish to swallow Jonah up and then vomit him onto the shoreline of Assyria. Why a great fish to swallow Jonah and then vomit him onto the Assyrian shoreline? Because the Assyrians like many of their neighbors worship and serve dagon, the fish god--a man-made god whose body is of a fish but with the head and arms of a man. What is Father trying to show us in these happenings with Jonah? That no matter what; He is in charge; we must never try or want our will to be placed over His Will and His Plan.
So, we left off in Jonah 1, with Jonah being swallowed up by the great fish, and his still being in there and will be there for three days and three nights. We then come to this Chapter, Jonah 2, and Jonah issuing forth a Pray to Father, YHVH.
2:1-7 JONAH’S PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING. (Introversion and Alternation.)
Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, -> Prayed unto the LORD his God=Jonah prays to YHVH ELOHIM.
This his event—as taught in most of the Christian Church Houses of today—is as the accounts of the giants; and the story of David and Goliath—as mystical events, just stories really—that really didn’t happen as the Word declares they did. This story is “just an example for later use in Father’s Word as a representation of Jesus’ death, burial—with Jesus being in the tomb three days and three night—and then resurrecting,” much like David and Goliath are representative of how, if we trust and follow Father, we will succeed in whatever we set out to accomplish. Many just don’t believe they happened; however, Father presents these stories in such a simple ways that (1) a child can read and understand and also relate to them, and (2) that the church houses miss His whole object lesson of the teaching.
The story of the giants in Genesis 6and other places in His Word; is a true story, something that had transpired, and the whole reason they—the fallen angels—were here, was because of the fallen angels that had come to try and interrupt the seed-line through which He—Father—would be born in the flesh. David and Goliath took place to show us that we should never place our trust in ourselves, man-made weapons, or man – always place our trust in Father and He will give us the victory. This story here does indeed represent the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus however, it is also representative of something else, how when the Ninevites see Jonah walk out of this great fish, they’ll want to listen to him because they’ll think he is a god.
This great fish was one of a kind; Father had prepared this fish exactly for this event, and appointed Jonah to be swallowed by it and held for three days and three nights.
This event is a type of the first advent. Christ's death, and burial--with Jesus in the tomb three days and three nights--and then resurrection; though where Jesus would come to save the whole world, this one would only be saving Nineveh. Another excellent correlation is the one between this story and Jesus' teaching of the gulf in Luke 16, whereby Lazarus and the other non-overcomers, are on the other side of the gulf--able to see Father's throne, but unable to approach it--Lazarus says to Abraham to send someone back to his brothers who are still alive, because if they see someone come back from the dead, they'll repent and change their ways, likewise also here with these Ninevites, Father knows that when they see Jonah walk out of this great fish--one who was dead but now lives--they too will repent and change their ways.
While Jonah was in the fish's belly; he was still alive, loving-in, trusting-in, and praying to our Heavenly Father.
2:2-4 Place. Sheol.
Note the Exergasia; or Working Out.--A repetition so as to work out or illustrate what has already been said.--of this next verse v2:2.
“I cried and following, Jonah’s affliction.”
“ And He heard Jonah’s request.”
“I cried, and following.”
“And Thou heardest.”
Jonah 2:2 And said, “I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, andThou heardest my voice. -> I cried...and thou heardest my voice=A wonderful declaration by Jonah for us living even to today. Father does hear us when we cry out to Him when we are in need of His assistance, and He loves to help us too. He enjoys when we call out to Him, it shows Him we love and trust in Him. This is also excellent for those who think that Father "doesn't hear a sinner's prayer," for as Jonah just said: "Thou heardest..."
I cried=Cried out, not as in the next clause or verse v1:5, but as in verses V1:2 and v1:14.
Hell=Sheol in the Hebrew, or "the grave."
Another Exergasia in verse v2:3
““The deep” As a whole.”
“The seas which make it up.”
“The floods which make it up.”
“The deep as a whole. “All.””
Jonah 2:3 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. -> The waves and the sea completely covered and swallowed ole Jonah up, he was sinking fast.
This verse should also put you in remembrance Revelation 17. During the flood of Revelation 17 the waves and flood will not be of water compassing the earth, but of lies and deception that will completely engulf the entire earth. Father, however, has prepared a way for His elect; those with the seal of God in their minds, they will be protected by Him because they know who it is that is professing these lies, they know all about this locust army because they know Father’s Word. They will also complete their mission for Father, as laid out in Mark 13:9-11 and Luke 12:9-12 as well as Joel 2:28-32 and Acts 2:16-21. In Acts 2:16, Peter states "But this is that which was spoken by Joel the prophet;" and then in verse v2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; and your sons, and your daughters shall prophecy..."
2:4 Deliverance. Jonah’s words.
Jonah 2:4 Then I said, ‘I am cast out of Thy sight; yet I will look again toward Thy holy temple.’ -> You can see the faith of Jonah here in this verse. He ran from Father--who he loved very much--in order to save his people: Israel. He thought he was doing the right thing by not warning the Ninevites, he just didn't completely understand Father's plan, and through it all, he never took his eyes off Father - spiritually speaking.
Through Jonah's act of being disobedient to Father and how Father responded; we can then see the type of Father that we serve, one Who loves His children so much that when we err, He will correct us, He will move heaven and earth to keep us on course, and in His will. When Jonah fled, and entered the ship at Joppa, he left the will of YHVH, for both himself and Nineveh.
Father has an eternal plan which affects each one of us, as well as earth and its elements. Father controls all of it to conform to His plan. When you are in that plan, you're in His will, and when you fight that plan, you're outside of the will of Father in your life. Jonah repented and cried out to Father while in the great fish's belly, thereby placing himself back into Father's will.
Today, we are entering into a new period in this earth age, one which is also part of Father's eternal plan. The climate of crime and violence today is as it was during the days in Nineveh, and earlier even, much like it was during the time of Sodom and Gomorrah. Father has appointed (Prepared) His fishes for the protection of His elect to complete the task we are to do for Him in this generation today, and we will either do as we are lead to do, through His word, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and be in His will; or we will be deceived by satan, his System and pay the ultimate price of losing our eternal life.
Then I said=We can compare Jonah stating this here in this verse, with king David uttering them in Psalms 31:22For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee..
Toward this place=As can be read in I Kings 8: King Solomon, in his dedication prayer for the Temple, prayed to Father asking (several times) that when we fall short and sin, and then Pray toward His Holy Temple, that He hear our supplication and forgive us our sins.
Holy=Separated or set-apart (for Father). Always the rendering of the Hebrew word Kodesh except in Psalms 42:4 where it is Hagag: "holy day;" and Deuteronomy 33:8, Psalms 16:2; 86:2; 89:19 and 145:17 where it is hasid: "favor or grace." Kodeshmust have one identical meaning (like in this verse) and in all passages; and does not imply moral quality except when used of Father Himself. It is rendered "consecrated," "dedicated," "hallowed," "holiness," "saint," and "sanctuary."
2:5-6 Place. The deep.
Jonah 2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. -> As Jonah was sinking and tumbling down into the depths, into the abyss; the seaweeds were wrapping themselves around him and tangling him, one can only imagine the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness as they surrounded him like a hose around his head. Jonah was as a dead man crying out.
The soul=This is the “inner man, the spiritual man" and not the fleshly body. In the Strong’s Concordance, it is Hebrew word number H5315 – נפשׁ - Nephesh, pronounced - neh'-fesh, and means: From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): - any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead (-ly), desire, X [dis-] contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart (-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortality, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-) self, them (your) -selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it., in other words it is the soul body that only Father can destroy as we can read in Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Lake of Fire)..
2:6 Deliverance. YHVH’S deeds.
Jonah 2:6 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. -> Not seeing or understanding Father’s plan for Nineveh had brought Jonah to the breaking point. This whole ordeal had taken him to such a state of despair; that he was broken both physically and mentally before he finally was ready to yield his will, to Father’s. It was in this state of total helplessness that Jonah finally cried out, "O Lord my God."
As Jonah was sinking down into the pit, his life passed before him and he went to "the bottom of the mountains", in other words to a place where “you can't get any lower.” The earth with its bars=This is another way of saying "he became a fugitive from the earth.” These are the thoughts of a drowning man.
So, what does it take to pull someone out of his or her stubborn self-centered ways, so that they will seek Father's perfect will in their life? Only Father knows, however, we also know that He knows the thoughts and intent of our hearts; He sees everything we do; he knows every word we speak: even before we do it. He knew Jonah and created a special fish just for him. God is our only life line.
Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine holy temple. -> My soul fainted=To shroud or cover in darkness. In other words, except for his falling down into the abyss and praying as he did so, Jonah's soul stopped being conscious of all other thoughts and of the things around him.
If you can believe and accept Father's word, and that “He spoke and nothing became everything.” Why then, is it so difficult to accept fact that Father prepared a great fish for the sole purpose of taking Jonah's soul: his inner body and self, in order that he become focused only on YHVH: not his people, his pride, nor his will, or any earthly thing or person; Jonah came into focus with Father's will completely, and then was deposited on the beach of Assyria. Then "I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came into thee (God)." Jonah knew he could talk to our Father and cry out to Him from anywhere, and He is there. Your prayers will flow from your heart, to His Holy Temple, and to the very Holy of Holies, where our Lord Jesus Christ sits making intercession for His own at all times. God does hear the prayers of His own, and those who seek Him with their whole heart.
Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. -> Observe=shâmar, pronounced - shaw-mar', in Hebrew,
to take heed of, or regard. In other words, they that regard, and/or participate in their own empty vanity, are not going to heed to Father's chastisement. Sadly today, we, many of the Christian church houses, still observe or participate in false teachings, false worship which leads to forsaking their mercy. I state this not to be hurtful but to bring the truth. Father told us in Isaiah 28:10 that we should study His Word line-by-line, precept-by-precept, however far too many church houses like to have their little stories instead of reading Father's Word as He declared. The point of all this is that through it all, Father never left Jonah's side, as He declares, "I'll never leave you nor forsake you."
Forsake their own mercy=In other words, they don't regard or heed their own chastisement.
Forsake=Not to heed. Azab in Hebrew. This same "Azab" is the same as the word leave found in Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave (azab) his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh..
Mercy=A homonym with two meanings: (1) Lovingkindness as in Genesis 24:12; II Samuel 7:15; I Chronicles 19:2; II Chronicles 6:14; Psalms 103:4, 8, 11, 17 and following; (2) Chastisement or correction (Leviticus 20:17 a wicked thing bringing down punishment). Job 37:13 (Mercy=chastisement, synonymous with "correction."). and Proverbs 25:10 where it is "to put to shame, i.e. by correction. Mercy is also "unmerited favor" before Father. It is through Jesus' death on the cross that we receive unmerited favor from God the Father. It is nothing we do, for it is not that we earned it, but it is solely because of the awesome price that Jesus paid for you and I: His death, burial and resurrection is the price He paid.
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. -> Salvation is of the LORD=Salvation "belongs to" the LORD the same as used in Psalms 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah..
This is the significance of the book of Jonah "Salvation is of the Lord". It was the Lord that would come to this earth, as a babe, born of a virgin; and be in the tomb three days and three nights, so that you and I could have eternal life through Christ our Lord. As our Lord would tell the pharisees and scribes when they asked Him for a sign; Jonah being in the great fish’s is the only sign that He would give them.
Jonah 2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. -> The LORD spake unto the fish=Again we can see here how Father speaks with His creation and His creation obeys His voice - all that is except man, what a sad, sad thing.
And it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land=There were enough people present on that shore that day who bear witness to Jonah's being vomited by this great fish, that it is today established as fact.
Remember, the Assyrian people in Jonah's time worshipped the "dagon the fish god.” They had formed huge idols, and held ceremonies and rituals in their idolatrous worship of dagon. When this fish brought Jonah to them, "on dry ground", the people of Nineveh then had respect unto Jonah, and listened to his message of salvation, because he came from a fish. This was the only way that Father could reach these people: through their false fish god. Because of it, Father knew they would listen to Jonah.
What does it take today for anyone to listen to Father's message of salvation, believe upon it, and repent?
Though Jonah's intent was to flee from Father’s order to preach to Nineveh, this was part of a greater plan to present a way for the people to accept the message when it arrived.
To Jonah it was a turning point from his will, and way of saving his people, to a complete submission, to the "Salvation of the Lord."
What was accomplished here? First: Jonah's life completely changed; second, a way for the people of Nineveh to see and understand the message of Salvation using their own god, “dagon" as a tool to understanding; and third, the most important, it provided the only sign Jesus would give the corrupt religious order of His day Matthew 12:38-39.