Summary: God will deliver us from the Nasty & Deep pit of Sin. If He did it for me He can do it for you
Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about deliverance, Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego were delivered from the fiery furnace, Daniel was delivered from the lion’s den, these men found themselves in a jam through no fault of their own and God delivered them.
Today we are going to finish this series and see how God can deliver us from the deep and the nasty.
Our unlikely hero today is Jonah, and through his disobedience finds himself in a deep and nasty place where he cries out to God and God delivers him from that terrible place.
We all know the story of Jonah, God comes to him and tells him to go to Nineveh and preach to them but Jonah knows that God will save their sorry souls so Jonah jumps a ship to Tarshish. A big storm comes and all the sailors are frightened and are trying to figure out whose god is mad at them, they go below and wake Jonah up and cast lots to find out who is responsible. Well, Jonah gets the short straw and they ask him who are you and what god do you serve , he tells them he is a Hebrew and serves the God who created the land and the sea , and that God is angry with him, Jonah says to them “ Just throw me overboard and all will be well” well the men don’t really want to do that so they try and try to get through the storm with no avail so they reluctantly through Mr. Jonah over board where he is swallowed by a big fish that God had appointed to carry out this task and he was there three days and three nights.
Well I guess ole Jonah had some time to reflect on the error of his ways and he offered up this prayer to God.
Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
3 For thou hast cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Jonah through his repentance was delivered from deep in the ocean out of the nasty belly of that fish. Can you think of anything more nasty than being vomited up by a big fish?
We have all been where Jonah was, we have all at some point in our life ran from God, we have all at some point been disobedient. I would be willing to say that most every adult here has been where Jonah is deep into a nasty no man’s land wondering what I have done.