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         JONAH 6

Welcome and thanks for reading.  Last week we read that Jonah could have survived up to 3 weeks with-
out food and he could have survived 3 – 7 days without water inside the stomach of a large fish or whale.
Also, the seaweed in the fish’s stomach supplied enough oxygen for him to breath.

Although Jonah survived, he was not in perfect health when he was spit out of the whale.  The following
verse expresses this:

Jonah 2:1  From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.  He said:  “In my distress I called to the
the Lord, and he answered me.  FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE GRAVE I CALLED FOR HELP.”

FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE GRAVE means Jonah was near death.  Jonah was definitely not in great health
when he was spit out of the whale’s mouth.

A final point.  Some say the story of Jonah was a metaphor or parable to make a point.  If this was true,
it would contradict Jesus Christ who made him a model of his resurrection in the following scripture.

Mathew 12:40  “For as Jonah, was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so shall the
Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

This tells me that Jonah and the great fish was an actual event.

Next week, we will begin our study on coincidence.  Are there such things as coincidences and random
accidents or does everything happen for a reason?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Jonah 5

Posted: September 27, 2012 in Jonah
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         JONAH 5

Welcome and thanks for reading.  Last week we read that a whale has 3 chambers in its stomach.  Jonah
was probably held in the first stomach or forestomach which has no digestive juices.

Next, how did Jonah eat, sleep and breath while in the whales stomach?

First, how did Jonah eat?  This would not be a big problem.  Depending on a persons body weight, MOST
PEOPLE CAN GO 3 WEEKS WITHOUT FOOD.  Mahatma Gandhi, a nonviolent campaigner for India’s free-
dom, survived 21 days before eating.

Also, Jonah could have eaten a small amount of raw krill which is a main source of food for a whale.  In
Japan and Russia krill is used for human consumption.  The only problem is that too much salt water
mixed with the krill would probably make Jonah sick.

Secondly, how did Jonah drink?  MOST PEOPLE CAN SURVIVE 3 – 7 DAYS WITHOUT WATER, depending
on the temperature.  No doubt, Jonah was dehydrated when he was spit out of the whale onto dry land.

Lastly, how did Jonah breath for three days?  Whales breath through a blowhole on top of their head.
The blowhole leads to the whale’s trachea and then to its lungs.  There is no connection to the whale’s
stomach.  Therefore, no air can reach the whale’s stomach.  Also, whales cannot breath through their
mouth.

Again, if no air can reach a whale’s stomach, how did Jonah breath for 3 days?   The answer is in
Jonah 2:5  “The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me;  SEAWEED WAS WRAPPED
AROUND MY HEAD.”  Seaweed is a great producer of oxygen.  Marine plants produce between 70 and
80 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere.  Trees and land plants are important for survival, but man
could not survive without algae.  I believe God provided enough seaweed in the whale’s stomach for
Jonah to breath for 3 days.

We have read that Jonah could have survived in a whale for 3 days without food and water.  Also, God
provided enough seaweed for Jonah to breath for three days.  No doubt, Jonah was not in perfect
health when he was spit out of the whale onto dry land.  We will read more on this next week.

Next week, we will also read scriptural proof that Jonah and the whale was not just a good story.  It was
an actual event.

Thanks you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

         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

Jonah 3

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Jonah
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         JONAH 3

Thanks for reading.  Last week, we read that the sailors threw Jonah off the ship.

Jonah 1:15  Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

Jonah 1:17  The Lord PROVIDED a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days
and three nights.

Jonah 2:1  From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.  He said:  “In my distress I called to
the Lord, and he answered me.  From the DEPTHS OF THE GRAVE I called for help, and you listened to
my cry.”

Jonah 2:10  And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah 3:1  Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and
proclaim to it the message I give you.”

This time, Jonah obeyed the Lord and went to Nineveh.  The Ninevites believed God.  When the news
reached the King of Nineveh, he issued a proclamation to all the people.  A proclamation to give up their
evil ways and to call on God.

When God saw that they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them
the destruction he had threatened.

Now that we know the story of Jonah, next week we will concentrate on how Jonah survived inside the
great fish.

Thanks so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Jonah 2

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Jonah
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         JONAH 2

Thanks for reading.  So far, we have read that the Prophet Jonah was told to go to the city of Nineveh,
located in northern Iraq, to witness against its wickedness.  Instead, Jonah went to Joppa, on the coast
of Isreal, to board a ship headed west for Tarshish.  Tarshish is on the west side of the mediterranean
sea on the southern shore of Spain.

God caused a violent storm.  During the storm, Jonah went below deck and fell asleep.

Jonah 1:6  The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep?  Get up and call on your god!”

The sailors decided to cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.  The lot fell on Jonah.

Because the lot fell on Jonah and because Jonah told them he was running away from the Lord, they
questioned him about this storm.

Jonah 1:8  “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us?  What do you do?  Where do
you come from?  What is your country?  From what people are you?”

Jonah 1:9  He answered, “I am Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea
and the land.”

The sailors asked Jonah, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”

Jonah 1:12  “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm.  I know that it
is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

Instead, the sailors did their best to row back to land.  They could not, for the sea grew even wilder.  The
men cried out to the Lord, “O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this mans life, for killing this man.”

Jonah 1:15  Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

Next week, we will finish the story of Jonah before we examine how he could survive inside the belly of a
great fish for three days.

Thanks so much for reading.  It’s an honor to wright about Gods word.  God bless.

Jeff

Jonah 1

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Jonah
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         JONAH 1

Thanks for reading.  This week, we will begin our study on Jonah and the great fish.  Could Jonah really
survive inside a great fish, possibly a whale, for three days?  Let’s begin by reviewing the story of Jonah
and the great fish.

Jonah 1:1  The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and
preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

Jonah 1:3  But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.

I believe Jonah ran away because he was scared of the wickedness in Nineveh.

Jonah went down to Joppa and found a ship.  He paid the fare, went aboard and sailed for Tarshish.

Jonah 1:4  Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship
threatened to break up.  All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own God.

… But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.

Jonah 1:6  The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep?  Get up and call on your God!”

So far, the scriptures tell us that the Prophet Jonah was to go to the city of Nineveh and preach against
its wickedness.  But Jonah was scared and sailed on a ship for Tarshish.  The Lord sent a great wind and
violent storm.  The sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own God.

Next week, we will continue the story of Jonah and the great fish.  In a couple weeks, we will look at the
possibility of Jonah surviving inside this great fish.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff