“Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,” by Louis A. Dole

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Last sermon preached by L.A.D.
Feb. 9, 1964

“Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,
“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.” – Jonah 2:1-2

Readings

Jonah 2 · Matthew 12:38-50 · Psalm 28

Sermon

The events narrated in the book of Jonah are historically true, and took place about 850 B.C. The entire book is given to the narration of only one undertaking of the prophet, yet the story is a wonderful one, and most vividly told.

The subject affords an admirable illustration of how, by means of story and history, the Word contains and reflects Divine truth from the Lord, who is within the Word as its spirit and life.

The story is that Jonah, a Hebrew prophet, was commanded by the Lord to go to the heathen, or Gentile, city of Nineveh to warn it against destruction, which would follow if the people did not put their evils away. Jonah did not want to go because he despised the Ninevites and did not want them saved. So instead of going to Nineveh, that city of Assyria on the Tigris, he went down to the seaport of Joppa, and set out for Tarshish at the other end of the Mediterranean.

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“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas,” by Louis A. Dole

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“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.” – Matthew 12:39

Readings

Jonah 2, 3 · Matthew 12:31-42 · Psalm 139

Sermon

The story of Jonah is well known because of the vivid nature of the narrative and because of its evident lesson that what truth we know should be used in service to others and not kept selfishly to ourselves. Yet because of the miracle involved the story has been the basis of criticism of the Bible as the Word of God.

When He was on earth the Lord prophesied that the time would come when He would no more speak in proverbs but would tell us plainly of the Father. That time is now come. It is now possible to enter intellectually into the mysteries of faith, for the Word has been opened to meet the needs of the human mind today.

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