May 20, 2021 · Bob Gass
“The Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Jonah 2:10 NKJV
Some folks question the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale and living to tell about it. Here are two reasons you should believe it: first, because Jesus did. “As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40 NKJV). But here’s a second reason for believing the story. It was reported that in 1891 off the Falkland Islands, two fishing boats encountered a huge sperm whale. The first boat shot harpoons into it, while the other boat came around to do the same thing from the other side. The whale’s tail hit it and knocked it over. There were two men on that boat. One drowned, and the other was not found. Two days later, a few other boats found the same sperm whale and killed it. They brought the whale to the shore and slit it open, and guess what they found? The second man. He was unconscious but still alive and, after care, resumed his life. Dr. Tony Evans commented: “The miracle is not that a fish swallowed a man, because that has happened before. The miracle is that the fish paid attention to the Lord.” You say, “What has any of this got to do with me?” Simply this: when you turn to God for help and He speaks to you, supernatural things begin to happen on your behalf. Jesus said, “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24 NKJV).