The symbolic story of rebirth
These are my thoughts this morning as I ponder about Jonah...
The sea received Jonah when he was thrown overboard. Then the Lord allowed the fish to swallow him. Next, the Lord allowed the land to receive Jonah when the fish vomited him up.
Basically, Jonah was experiencing a transformation. Salvation means to be delivered, right? So, you can say that Jonah went through the process of being born again.
He was recreated in the belly of the sea and the great fish. Then the Lord caused the fish to “birth him out.”
You see, Jonah’s name means dove, and the dove is known for being gentle. Therefore, with Jonah's rebellious ways, he had to learn gentleness like the dove.
God had to take him through the flood, like the dove in the ark, so he could eventually reach dry ground (Genesis 8:8). By the way, the number eight represents new beginning, so Jonah clearly needed a new beginning with God.
God had to teach Jonah obedience because he was bound by rebellion and unforgiveness; thus, he kept running (flying) away from God.
So, it is fair to say that our “pits” and “prisons” are there to recreate us, to lead us to a born again experience where our minds are transformed and our wills become God’s will.
Just my thoughts...
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