Jonah 4

Posted: September 20, 2012 in Jonah
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         JONAH 4

Welcome to the new readers.  In Jonah 1-3, we read the story of Jonah and the great fish.  Now, let’s read
how Jonah could have survived in the belly of the great fish.

Many people believe the great fish was a whale.  It could have been a whale or God could have supplied a
great fish larger than a whale.  God is the creator of the universe, preparing a one time great fish would
not be a drain on his power and abilities.  Also, it may have been a great fish larger than a whale that is
now extinct as are the dinosaurs.

For the sake of argument, let’s say the great fish was a whale.  Currently, the LARGEST KNOWN WHALE IS
THE BLUE WHALE.  It is over 100 feet long or 1/3 of a football field.  The blue whale has a mouth that is
large enough to fit 100 people.  The blue whale DOES NOT EAT MEAT.  THEY HAVE NO TEETH THAT
WOULD BITE DOWN ON JONAH.  They feed almost exclusively on krill which are small sea animals with
shrimp like vertebrae.   The blue whale pushes against it’s upper jaw with its tongue to filter out the water
through the baleen hairs or bristles connected to the upper jaw, keeping the krill in the mouth.

Next, the esophagus of a blue whale is only 4″ to 6″ wide but is stretchy (contains groves) and can expand
to around 12″.  It would be tight but Jonah could fit if he was a small slender man.  The sperm whale
(seen above) has a much larger esophagus and often eats sharks and squids.  After the esophagus is the
whales stomach.  The WHALE STOMACH IS MADE OF 3 CHAMBERS.  The FIRST CHAMBER OR FORESTOMACH
IS A SAC-LIKE EXTENSION OF THE ESOPHAGUS WITH NO DIGESTIVE GLANDS.  The second or main
chamber is where the digestive juices are released.  The third chamber is called the pyloric stomach.  The
fourth part contains the caecum and colon and have a pancreas and liver that delivers digestive enzymes.

It is ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT JONAH WAS HELD IN THE FIRST CHAMBER WHICH IS AT LEAST 132
GALLONS IN SIZE AND HAS NO DIGESTIVE JUICES.  This chamber is used to store the krill to be digested
later.  Sometimes the whale barfs out this food to make room for more food like seagulls.  This is con-
sistent with Jonah 2:10  “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

Next week, we will read how Jonah could eat, drink and breath to stay alive.

Thanks so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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