And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD or loathe His reproof, 12 for whom the LORD loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; 6 for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Further-more, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
6 “I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 7 “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up.
8 People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 9 “Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards, destroying them with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 10 “I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 11 “I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God.”
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish,
2 Corinthians 7:8-10
8 For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it– for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while— 9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according
to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
2 and he said, “I called out of my distress to the LORD, and He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. 3 For You had cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. 4 So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ 5 Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, weeds were wrapped around my head. 6 I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, but You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God. 7 While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple. 8 Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness, 9 but I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD.”
1 Kings 8:31-40 (Solomon’s prayer when he dedicated the Temple)
31 “If a man sins … 33 … have sinned against You, if they turn to You again and confess Your name and pray and make supplication to You in this house, 34 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin … 35 … have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them, 36 then hear in heaven and forgive the sin … indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. … 38 whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house; 39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men, 40 that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You have given to our fathers.
Jonah 2:10 – 3:3a
10 Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land. 1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD.
But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
2 Timothy 4:11
… Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.
Genesis 22:8, 14
8 Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering…
14 Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day,
“In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.”
1 Corinthians 11:23
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before
Romans 6:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible
And do not offer any parts of it [your body] to sin as weapons for unrighteousness.
But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves
to God as weapons for righteousness.
- Do you think of discipline in relationship to love? What are the benefits of God’s discipline that you see in Hebrews 12:5-11?
- Are there things in your life that you are sorrowful over but have not repented of? Why do you think we can be so slow to repent, i.e., actually turn toward God and His commands even when what we are doing is not working? In what areas of your life do you think you might be stubborn even to the point of bringing hurt, pain or destruction to your own life?
- What do you think 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 teaches us about repentance?
- Are there descriptions in Jonah’s prayer in 2:1-9 that you can identify with; presently or in your past?
Can you say that God has brought your life up from the Pit? Tell someone about that experience.
- What does Jonah 1:17 – 3:3 teach us about the grace of God? Have you ever felt like God would never or couldn’t use you because of past failure in your life? What do you think the story of Jonah can teach us about that?