Patrick Preaching—The Pandemic: Jonah

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This sermon was preached for RUF at CNU’s Virtual Large Group on April 1, 2020. RUF’s Large Group is a weekly worship service that has now shifted to live-streaming on YouTube thanks to COVID-19.

Our passage comes from Jonah 2:1-10.

1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, 2 and he said,

“I called out of my distress to the Lord,

And He answered me.

I cried for help from the depth of Sheol;

You heard my voice.

3 “For You had cast me into the deep,

Into the heart of the seas,

And the current engulfed me.

All Your breakers and billows passed over me.

4 “So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight.

Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’

5 “Water encompassed me to the point of death.

The great deep engulfed me,

Weeds were wrapped around my head.

6 “I descended to the roots of the mountains.

The earth with its bars was around me forever,

But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.

7 “While I was fainting away,

I remembered the Lord,

And my prayer came to You,

Into Your holy temple.

8 “Those who regard vain idols

Forsake their faithfulness,

9 But I will sacrifice to You

With the voice of thanksgiving.

That which I have vowed I will pay.

Salvation is from the Lord.”

10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.

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Main points

(1) The context of Jonah’s prayer – Jonah 1:1-17

  • How did Jonah find himself in this situation?

(2) The content of Jonah’s prayer – Jonah 2:1-10

  • What is Jonah saying here?

(3) The consequence of Jonah’s prayer – Matthew 12:40

  • What does this mean for us?

Helpful resources:

Dan Carlin’s “King of Kings, part 1” podcast on the Assyrian empire 

“The Book of Jonah: A Most Unexpected Deliverance” by Patrick Quinn 

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