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Is Jonah A Biblical Hero

Do you consider Jonah to be a biblical hero? If God wouldn't have intervened with the storm at sea and the big fish, I don't believe that Jonah would have ever completed the task God gave him. Do you believe that God pursues us as diligently today if we disobey and don't repent?

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The historical character of Jonah is vouched for by Jesus Christ in Mattthew 12: 39-41. Jonah was a bigoted jewish man, unwilling to testify to a Gentile city, and angry that God had spared it. 2 Kings 14:25 records the fulfilment of a prophecy by Jonah. He typifies Christ as the sent one, raised from the dead, and carrying salvation to the Gentiles. I believe that if we are saved, that God will pursue us with His rod of Love if we disobey Him.
---Cynthia on 4/22/08


Read "The Joy of Knowing God", by Richard Strauss

"People change(Jonah). One day we may be in a good mood, the next day in an ugly mood. And it is disconcerting if we never know what to expect from our wives, our husbands, our parents, or our bosses. Nice people sometimes get irritable and touchy".
---Marcia on 8/16/07


Fortunately, grouchy people sometimes get nicer. But we all change. That is the nature of creaturehood, and that is the nature of (((life))). We find it unpleasant and intimidating at times. We would rather keep things the way they always were because the old and the familiar are more secure and comfortable.
---Marcia on 8/16/07


The Good News is God does not change(Malachi 3:6). We need not to be insecure about God he extends the same Grace he extended to Jonah to us all.
---Marcia on 8/16/07

Jonah is my favorite Biblical hero. Here was a guy who never did get around to agreeing with God. Now, he did have to be prodded just a little (specially prepared fish food?) to get him to obey. However, even in his disagreement he finally obeyed God. That is a faith that might only understand one thing: God said it. That settles it. It is a true faith that accepts God even when we don't understand or totally agree.
---ed_the_other_one on 8/16/07

Mathew 12:39

"A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But NONE WILL BE GIVEN IT except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Biblical hero? He was used to prophecy the coming of Christ. The men of Ninevah repented for his teaching. Yes, I believe God pursues us for His purpose, however, we need to listen...big fish or not.
---faith on 8/15/07

I like the story of Jonah. It is a good lesson on compassion and forgiveness. It shows God will keep at us until we listen to him. It also shows how prideful and unforgiving we as humans can be. Look at how Jonah reacted when God didn't destroy Nineveh. Even though he had been forgiven, he still couldn't believe God can forgive others. I know I am forgiven, but like Jonah, I often find it hard to forgive others.
---Katie on 8/11/07

Story of Jonah speaks much to the sovereignty of Almighty God. While it is very hard for us to understand the fact remains that God's sovereignty is allowing him to work out his way, his will in our lives.
---Mima on 8/11/07

I don't consider Jonah to be a biblical hero. He was just a man who disobeyed Christ and wised up fast. When God first called my husband to preach, he ran like Jonah. He was miserable because he didn't accept his calling out of fear. Which in turn, made me miserable, at times I wanted to slap him on the back of the head for running. but I prayed for him. If we disobey God and do not repent of our wrong doings, yes we will be miserable. and God will chastis us until we make it right with him.
---Rebecca_D on 8/10/07

Yes, I do believe God pursues us passionately, even to the point of creating a void in our lives when we pursue other loves. Regarding Jonah....when a man comes out of a big fish that was in the bottom of the sea, the message he preaches turns a whole nation. Jesus went into the heart of the earth and suffered there all that was in Adam (the big fish of the sea). He came out of there preaching the gospel and people are still being saved today.
---Linda on 8/10/07

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