Jonah Chapter 2
8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Happie brown's Jonah Chapter 2 comment on 5/13/2015, 10:37am...
To my own opinion I think Jonah was trying to tell us that stress is another way God can use to draw us back to him and help us to redefine our priorities! Weather in Happiness or stress stick to God and you will eat the best of Him!
Cary 69's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 4/05/2015, 8:59pm...
Some think lying vanities was Jonah listening to him going the opposite way then where God told him to Go. That is "LIARLAND ". Like Disney land. Oh! We will have fun. It 'll cost you! Check your billfold. Oh my, I 'm over my limit with God. He caused trouble it affected others. The knew he was the prophet Jonah. Then tossed him over...not a shark thank God or he would have been gone. Even in the whale, his minutes was numbered. Yes, God has everything under control. He couldn 't see....but he could FEEL, SMELL, HEAR BETTER NOW, THINK CLEARER NOW. BUT THE GOURD TREE OF God 's GRACIOUS kindness DIED. AFTER ALL HE STILL WAS DOING GOD 'S WILL OUT OF PROTEST. Finally God had a come to Jesus meeting with him. History records that Nineveh repented. But later rebelled. As Paul Harvey never said. That 's the end of the Story!
Nonye's Jonah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 2/06/2015, 7:35am...
I also think this verse means,we christians should not work according to our sensory perceptions,only then will our needed miracles manifest.For,the devil is liar!and everything he does has always been in opposition to what the word of God says about us.
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