Summary: The piolt of the ship-a Bentile-goes to call upon a Jewish man to pray for him and for his crew. Not all of Jonah 1:6, can be viewed as true tyoes, yet there are enough of instances where we see Jonah, a type of the Church, is called to pray at the behest
JONAH 1: 6
PREOCCUPIED PASSENGER PROVOKES PILOT
The scene on board the ship carrying Jonah is not a serene scene. The storm has hit with a vengeance. The sailors have abandoned their tasks of trying to steer the ship and have gone to praying for help. In place of an expected easy sail to Tarshish, the ship, sailors and captain are now fighting for their lives. Amid the screaming howls of wind, rain and squalling water, the scene is bedlam. How could this have happened? Certainly storms did arise on the Sea when the ship had been sailing before, but usually, there were always warning signs that an experienced captain would have read and would have heeded, but not this time. Everyone was at the mercy of an Unseen God and His power was at work this day against the ship.
Amidst the storm while the sailors were praying to their own gods, the captain notices that someone is missing and that someone was not praying to God. That someone was a Hebrew and it was known in that area that the Hebrews believed in a God that was not represented by idols or visible items. The ship had docked at an Israelite port, and the captain certainly knew what the general belief was of the Jews of his day. Yet, this Jewish man was not on board calling for help from God and this disturbed the captain. All else were praying but their prayers were going unheeded and this Jewish man was asleep in a very critical time. That just would not do and the captain paid a visit to Jonah to rouse him to join with the rest of the people in a prayer meeting for their personal welfare.
Here was a Gentile going to call on a Jewish man to get up and pray for them and the ship-how ironic. Jonah was to be the Jewish man who was to go to pray for the Gentiles at Nineveh for their salvation when the Gentile came looking to the Jew for safety. This is a type of what will be in the latter days when Israel is completely restored. The Bible says that in the future, the Gentiles will go to the Jews and ask them for prayer for their survival.
As I look at the sermon as is found in verse six of Jonah, chapter One, I see three things. I first see the PERIL of the storm and some applications for then and for now. I then notice the PIOUS one, Jonah, as he moves from his lethargy to an opportunity to do something for God. I also see that Jonah serves as a type of the Church in so many places of the world today. Finally, I note the PILOT: the captain.. The captain proved in this verse that he had a knowledge of God and maybe he was a believer in Him after all.
I. PERIL: I have spoken about the storm before, but I need to add a bit more. This storm was a ferocious one that struck from out of nowhere and was of such a magnitude that it drove the sailors to their knees in dire straights and in earnest prayer. Besides all else it is important to remember the times in which these sailors were sailing and to look at the PERIL they were facing and why they were so desperate.