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Aug 20, 2017

The Old Man and the Sea

Passage: Jonah 2

Speaker: Dr. Steven Laufer

Series: Living the Story: Jonah

Category: Sunday Sermons

Keywords: despair, help, purpose, salvation, suffering

The prayer from the belly of the fish takes the form of a Psalm of Thanksgiving. This is decidedly NOT the tone we would expect as Jonah spends three days and nights in the heart of the sea, in the stomach of a great fish. It almost speaks on the other side of delivery, recounting the prophet’s fear and dread, his panic and despair, and ultimately his resignation to death. As such, its words remind us today that even in our own darkest days, God is still able to reach us, and to save us, and to carry forward his plan for our lives and give us purpose. Thanks be to God who saves us and who still sends us to serve the world even from our own disobedience.