The most interesting thing about Jonah 2 is that the prophet gives thanks to God for his deliverance while he is still inside the fish! He praises God for his rescue even before he is on dry land!
“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” ~Jonah 2:2
Jonah doesn’t even mention the small matter of his residency in the fish. Instead, he demonstrates a complete trust in the mercy and compassion of God. He is grateful to be in the Lord’s keeping, even if it’s in the belly of a whale.
“You brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God!” ~Jonah 2:6
Jonah gives thanks in spite of the uncertainty of still being in the sea. He gives praise knowing he did not deserve to be rescued. He’s grateful for safety in a most unlikely place. He’s thankful even in great discomfort. Jonah recognizes God’s salvation in spite of his unresolved questions and issues.
“Salvation comes from the Lord!” ~Jonah 2:9
Jonah sank to the bottom of the sea. The “roots of the mountains.” Surrounded by the deep. Engulfed by the waters. In the “depths of the grave.” Jonah sank to the ocean floor, and yet he did not drown. He did not die. He was saved by our gracious God. Our mighty God is still in the rescuing business today. Sin and death are no match for his uncompromising love and incomparable power.
More empty tomb “tags,” these from an increasingly bold Lorie T:
But isn’t it interesting that while still in the fish, he’s thanking the Lord for the deliverance he’s sure the Lord will give because of His mercy and grace — and in the next chapter, he’s complaining because the Lord showed mercy and grace to Ninevah.