Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search KJV

Search a pre-defined list

OR Select a range of biblical books



OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups:
'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

Your Bible Version is the KJV
Go to Top
Link to This PageCite This Page
Version Selector Up Arrow
Share this pageFollow the BLB
Version Selector Up Arrow

Follow the Blue Letter Bible on:



Or subscribe to our Newsletter:

Printable Page
Left Contextbar EdgeLeft Contextbar Edge BackgroundRight Contextbar Edge2Prior BookPrior SectionReturn to CommentariesReturn to Author BiographyNext SectionNext BookRight Contextbar Edge2Right Contextbar Edge BackgroundRight Contextbar Edge1
The Blue Letter Bible
BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search KJV

Advanced Options

Search a pre-defined list

OR Select a range of biblical books



OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search KJV

Line-By-Line Order:
Line-By-Line Verse-ReferenceVerse-Reference
Line-By-Line Reference-VerseReference-Verse
Line-By-Line Separate LineSeparate Line
Line-By-Line Verse OnlyVerse Only
Line-By-Line Reference OnlyReference Only
Reference Delimiters:
No Reference DelimitersNone — Jhn 1:1 KJV
Square Reference DelimitersSquare — [Jhn 1:1 KJV]
Curly Reference DelimitersCurly — {Jhn 1:1 KJV}
Parenthesis Reference DelimitersParens — (Jhn 1:1 KJV)
Paragraph Order:
Paragraph Verse-ReferenceVerse-Reference
Paragraph Reference-VerseReference-Verse
Paragraph Reference-OnlyReference-Only
Number Delimiters:*
No Verse NumbersNo Number
No Verse DelimetersNo Delimiter — 15
Square Verse DelimitersSquare — [15]
Curly Verse DelimitersCurly — {15}
Parenthesis Verse DelimitersParens — (15)
Other Options:
Abbreviate BooksAbbreviate Books
Use SBL Abbrev.Use SBL Abbrev.
En dash not HyphenEn dash not Hyphen
Quotes Around VersesQuotes Around Verses
Remove Square BracketsRemove Square Brackets
Sort CanonicallySort Canonically

* 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order'

Let's Connect
Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one’s mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Jonah 2:8

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface

Customize your font sizeIncrease your font sizeDecrease your font sizeReturn to default font size

Choose a Bible text color
Read the Bible in blackRead the Bible in dark blueRead the Bible in blue

Customize your text type
Arial font
Trebuchet MS font
Georgia font
Times New Roman font

Customize your Hebrew text type
SBL Hebrew font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Customize your Greek text type
Gentium font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Close font preferences
A. Bible critics have had a field day with the book of Jonah. They claim the story is too hard to swallow.
1. They speak of the impossibility of a man being swallowed by a whale and surviving.
a. The story here declares that God prepared a great fish. Not necessarily a whale.
b. Do you believe that man is able to make a fish like object in which over 100 men can submerge under the water and remain for several days, and then be deposited at a dock?
c. If you can accept man's capacity to make such a vessel, why do you have problems with God doing it?
d. The difficulty is with the limited concept of God. If He created the whole universe, and all of the life forms within it, surely He would have no difficulty making such a fish to serve His purposes.
e. Would you be more comfortable if the story read, and a submarine surfaced and the captain ordered the crew to take Jonah on board, and they returned to shore where they let Jonah out?
2. But then there are other miracles in the story that you would have to contend with.
a. The miracle of the storm.
b. The miracle of Jonah being able to sleep in such a storm.
c. The miracle of the lot falling on Jonah.
d. The miracle of the great calm after Jonah is tossed over.
B. There is only one piece of evidence that I am going to present to prove the authenticity of the story and that is Jesus believed it.
1. As far as I am concerned Jesus is smarter than all of the critics.
2. When Jesus was asked for a sign, He told them that the only sign they would receive was the sign of the prophet Jonah who was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
3. He also spoke of the men of Nineveh rising in the day of judgment with that generation and condemning it for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold a greater than Jonah is here.
A. Nineveh was the capitol city of Assyria, and the Assyrians were a cruel and heartless people who were conquering the nations and brutally mutilating their captives. They were a threat to the nations of Israel and Judah, in fact they are the ones that conquered Israel and were defeated by God as they were laying siege to Jerusalem.
1. Jonah knew the mercy of God and was afraid that they might take his message to heart and repent, and thus not be destroyed. He was afraid of success in his preaching.
2. As far as Jonah was concerned, nothing was better than that Nineveh should be destroyed.
B. Jonah tried to run from the call of God.
1. Went to Joppa and found a ship sailing to Tarshish. That was the opposite way from Nineveh, and as far as you could go.
2. Three times it is mentioned that he was seeking to escape from the presence of God.
3. Had he read the psalm that we read this morning, he would have realized that there is no escape from God. "Where can I escape from Your presence, if I ascend to heaven, You are there, if I descend into hell, You are there, if I take the wings of the morning, and flee to the uttermost parts of the sea, even there You will surround me."
C. Jonah felt that his plan for his life was superior to the plan of God. He was determined to run from the call of God, he would stubbornly resist the call of God.
1. First he tried to go in the opposite direction.
2. Next he told the sailors to throw him overboard. He figured that if he drowned in the sea he could escape the call of God. As far as he was concerned, it was better to drown, than obey.
3. He sat there in misery in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights, before he prayed. Talk about being stubborn.
4. He describes the misery of his accommodations.
a. The floods compassed me about, and the waves passed over me. The depth enclosed me, and weeds were wrapped around my head.
b. He said, "Out of belly of hell I cried." If it were a whale, and I personally have no problem with that, being a mammal the temperature would have been 98 degrees and the humidity must have been horrendous. No wonder he thought he was in hell.
5. For three days and three nights he endured this misery saying "No way will I go to Nineveh."
6. It should be noted that he brought all of this misery upon himself by disobedience.
D. I have mentioned before some of the old songs from the Stamps Baxter hymnals that they used to use in the South. "Tell them Now, They can't read their tombstones when they are dead." "I'm under the spout where the glory comes out." another one I remember "He won't compel you to go against your will, He'll just make you willing to go." One of the verses of that song deals with Jonah.
A. That he could run from the call of God.
1. You are mistaken if you think that you can run from the call of God upon your life.
2. The gifts and the callings of God are without repentance.
B. That he could escape from the presence of God.
1. That he could find a place which was forsaken by God, a place where God wasn't.
2. We sometimes hear of a place described as the most God forsaken place in the world. Maybe he had heard mariners describe Tarshish that way. If he could only reach Tarshish he felt he could escape the presence of God.
C. That his way was better than God's way.
1. God said, "Go to Nineveh." tis better I go to Tarshish.
2. God said, "Cry against it." tis better I never preach there.
D. These are the lying vanities that brought upon him all of the misery, and discomfort.
E. They that observe these lying vanities forsake their own mercies.
1. God is merciful, and God's ways are best.
2. Gods will for your life is the best thing that could ever happen to you.
a. You will never be content or satisfied with anything less.
b. To try to run from the call of God is only to invite calamity into your life.
D. There are important truths that we must learn, and God is determined that we should learn them, one way or another.
1. There is the easy way to learn and the hard way to learn.
2. You will learn the truth of God the easy way or the hard way. Jonah chose the hard way.
3. Some of you have also chosen the hard way.
a. You are still insisting on doing things your way.
b. Your lives have become a disaster area. But you continue on, declaring "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul, my head is bloody but unbowed." Fool.
4. The misery you have encountered is a sign of God's mercy. God will not let you go on to destroy yourself. He loves you and is using this present calamity to speak to you and teach you that you need to listen to Him and submit to His ways.
E. In Jeremiah God said to the people, "I know my thoughts concerning you, they are peace and not evil, to bring you to an expected end." or a desirable end. The people had chosen a path that would bring them war and destruction by the Babylonians, God's designs for them were of peace.
F. God's designs for you are good, they are for peace not evil. For you to observe a lying vanity, is to forsake your own mercy.
Sermon Notes for Jonah 2:8 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Jonah 2:8,9 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Amos 3:2 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Micah 2:7 Next Book →

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


Verse Tools Arrow
Login to your account

Email / username or password was incorrect!

Check your email for password retrieval


Complete the form below to register  [?]

Error: That Email is already registered

Error: Please provide a valid Email

Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters

Error: Passwords do not match

Error: Please provide a valid first name

Error: That username is already taken

Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores

[ Cancel ]← Login to Your Account

Passwords should have at least 6 characters.
Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores.

Thank you for registering. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided.

Error: That Email / Username is not registered

Enter Your Email or UsernameUsername or Email Address


← Return to Login

Close LoginCLOSE
Tap to Close