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-{{:​jonah-and-great-fish.jpg?​200 |}}Out of the twelve prophet books of the Old Testament, Jonah is the fifth. The prophet of Jonah makes his first appearance in the book of 2 Kings when he judges the Jews for their disobedience.Though the account of Jonah and the whale is a favorite narrative among children, it holds important values that are important for every Christians to know. In this book God displays ​his overflowing mercy to the rebellious Jonah after he directly disobeys a command. Jeremiah 23:24 perfectly describes the lesson Jonah learned the hard way, "Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord." No one can hide from God. God heard his rebellious servants prayer in the belly of a giant fish. Instead of running away from God we should be running to Him. Deceiving ourselves only hurts us. +{{:​jonah-and-great-fish.jpg?​200 |}}Out of the twelve prophet books of the Old Testament, Jonah is the fifth. The prophet of Jonah makes his first appearance in the book of 2 Kings when he judges the Jews for their disobedience.Though the account of Jonah and the whale is a favorite narrative among children, it holds important values that are important for every Christians to know. In this book God displays ​His overflowing mercy to the rebellious Jonah after he directly disobeys a command. Jeremiah 23:24 perfectly describes the lesson Jonah learned the hard way, "Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord." No one can hide from God. God heard his rebellious servants prayer in the belly of a giant fish. Instead of running away from God we should be running to Him. Deceiving ourselves only hurts us. 
  
 The story of Jonah is the perfect picture of contrast between man and God. It portray the omnipotence of God and the feebleness of man. Jonah demonstrates repentance, Jonah repented of his sin, the sailors repented of their pagan gods, and the Ninevites repented of their wicked lifestyles. ​ The story of Jonah is the perfect picture of contrast between man and God. It portray the omnipotence of God and the feebleness of man. Jonah demonstrates repentance, Jonah repented of his sin, the sailors repented of their pagan gods, and the Ninevites repented of their wicked lifestyles. ​
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 According to Geisler, some of the other purposes of this book include:  ​ According to Geisler, some of the other purposes of this book include:  ​
  
-  * The Historical Purpose: The book of Jonah deals a had blow to the Jewish mindset concerning the Gentiles. Jonah was written in the city of Nineveh but it was directed towards the Jews of the northern tribes of Israel.At the time the Jews had a string disdain for the Gentiles that stopped them from sharing Gods love with them.  +  * The Historical Purpose: The book of Jonah deals a hard blow to the Jewish mindset concerning the Gentiles. Jonah was written in the city of Ninevehbut it was directed towards the Jews of the northern tribes of Israel. At the time the Jews had a string disdain for the Gentiles that stopped them from sharing Gods love with them.  
-  * The Doctrinal Purpose: ​Jonahs ​story shows not only the necessity of obedience but how salvation isn't just for the Jews, its for everyone. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, and it doesn'​t matter how hard man tries to change reality- truth is not subjective.  +  * The Doctrinal Purpose: ​Jonah'​s ninevite ​story shows not only the necessity of obediencebut how salvation isn't just for the Jews, it is for everyone. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, and it doesn'​t matter how hard man tries to change reality- truth is not subjective.  
-  * The Christological purpose: Jonah portrays the coming of Christ. In Matthew 12:40 Jesus compares ​his death to Jonahs ​three day stay in the whales ​belly, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" This is a very unexpected picture of the death of Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this light, the very life of Jonah, aside from his evangelism, can be seen as a prophecy of Jesus/s life. Besides the resemblance of the three days and three nights, Jonah and Jesus have a few other similarities. ​+  * The Christological purpose: Jonah portrays the coming of Christ. In Matthew 12:40 Jesus compares ​His death to Jonah'​s ​three day stay in the whale'​s ​belly, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" This is a very unexpected picture of the death of Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this light, the very life of Jonah, aside from his evangelism, can be seen as a prophecy of Jesus's life. Besides the resemblance of the three days and three nights, Jonah and Jesus have a few other similarities. ​
    ​- ​  Both were asleep on a soon-to-be shipwrecked boat.    ​- ​  Both were asleep on a soon-to-be shipwrecked boat.
   -    Both had roles in the security of the ship.   -    Both had roles in the security of the ship.
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-Jonah is notable from the other prophetic books due to the focus of the book. While the other Prophetic books focus on the words of the prophet, Jonah focuses on the prophet himself. In the other books like Isaiah, there is hardly anything known about the author, the case is flipped with Jonah. ​+Jonah is notable from the other prophetic books due to the focus of the book. While the other Prophetic books focus on the words of the prophet, Jonah focuses on the prophet himself. In the other books like Isaiah, there is hardly anything known about the author, the case is flipped with Jonah. We also see in Jonah 4:1-2 that Jonah gets angry that the people of Tarshish repented. Why? Because they were a city of Assyria, who was constantly fighting Israel. Had Tarshish been destroyed, Israel could have seen this as a victory
  
  
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 {{:​4d0aff7cf0604a22b2d4079dbdc34221.jpg?​200 |}}Another argument against Jonah is found in the third verse of chapter three, "Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent."​ Scholars have taken this verse and estimated that a man can walk approximately 50-90 miles in three days. The problem is there is no record of a city so massive in ancient times, only recently in the modern day have city's grown to that size. Is scriptures inaccurate? {{:​4d0aff7cf0604a22b2d4079dbdc34221.jpg?​200 |}}Another argument against Jonah is found in the third verse of chapter three, "Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent."​ Scholars have taken this verse and estimated that a man can walk approximately 50-90 miles in three days. The problem is there is no record of a city so massive in ancient times, only recently in the modern day have city's grown to that size. Is scriptures inaccurate?
  
-There is not a clear cut response to this accusation but there are several interpretations that clear the issue. The idea is Jonah is either referring to the circumference of the city, or the time it takes to travel to each major location. As Jonah continued through the city he would have to stop and Evangeliseits not as if he is simply walking straight through the center. ​+There is not a clear cut response to this accusationbut there are several interpretations that clear the issue. The idea is Jonah is either referring to the circumference of the city, or the time it takes to travel to each major location. As Jonah continued through the city he would have to stop and Evangelizeit is not as if he is simply walking straight through the center. ​
  
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