Jonah Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's Jonah Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The prayer of Jonah. (1-9) He is delivered from the fish. (10)1-9 Observe when Jonah prayed. When he was in trouble, under the tokens of God's displeasure against him for sin: when we are in affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, he prayed. A sense of God's good-will to us, notwithstanding our offences, opens the lips in prayer, which were closed with the dread of wrath. Also, where he prayed; in the belly of the fish. No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communion with one another, but not from communion with God. To whom he prayed; to the Lord his God. This encourages even backsliders to return. What his prayer was. This seems to relate his experience and reflections, then and afterwards, rather than to be the form or substance of his prayer. Jonah reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and God's readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God in them. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, who might justly take his Holy Spirit from him, never to visit him more. Those only are miserable, whom God will no longer own and favour. But though he was perplexed, yet not in despair. Jonah reflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, and trusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to God. Those who forsake their own duty, forsake their own mercy; those who run away from the work of their place and day, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a believer copies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his own mercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah's experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God of salvation.
10 Jonah's deliverance may be considered as an instance of God's power over all the creatures. As an instance of God's mercy to a poor penitent, who in distress prays to him: and as a type and figure of Christ's resurrection. Amidst all our varying experiences, and the changing scenes of life; we should look by faith, fixedly, upon our once suffering and dying, but now risen and ascended Redeemer. Let us confess our sins, consider Christ's resurrection as an earnest of our own, and thankfully receive every temporal and spiritual deliverance, as the pledge of our eternal redemption.
Jim's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 12/07/2013, 9:01am...
when GOD speaks we must obey or he will put us in a place that we have to trust & obey in GOD not in self Jonah came to the end of himself he had no hope in saving his self it was the end when we come to that place in our lives we then are a candidate to be saved when we turn to GOD with a hole hart GOD use me don't refuse me
Neff's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 12/04/2013, 12:42pm...
You could think Jonah has repented if you did not read on. Chapter 2 is all about Jonah and what he has to say to stop God from "afflicting" him.
Joseph's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 10/11/2013, 3:21pm...
@ Sandie, when Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, He started off with: Our father which art in heaven... Luke11:2. So yes our prayers do go to heaven. Isaiah 61:1
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool: where is the
house that ye build unto me? and where is the
place of my rest?
Sandie's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 7 on 10/10/2013, 8:52am...
But, God is everywhere, so would we say our prayers go up to heaven?
Minister Jeff Davis's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 10/02/2013, 9:31pm...
God knew the whole time that Jonah would run from his calling. Yet and still God gave Jonah another chance to get it right. God had a tailored made fish to save Jonah's life. Many people look at the fish as a prison, but I saw it as a safe haven for Jonah. Jonah would have died in the depths of the deep, but God spared him. God could have disciplined Jonah by allowing him to die, but instead God's grace and mercy kept him.
Christprisoner's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 9/29/2013, 7:05am...
Jonah 2:8 can mean, those who trust or have hope in the things of this world instead of God, reject and loose their own portion of mercy from God.
Timothy Wayne George's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 9 on 9/26/2013, 7:16am...
Jonah sacrificed unto the Lord with the voice of thanksgiving, and payed the vow that he made, for salvation is only from the Lord. There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved, and it is Jesus. When we vow to preach the Word, we must go where ever the Lord will send us, and preach the gospel which is able to save souls. Thank God that He gives us a second chance to do what He told us to do, and many of us have been given many chances.
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