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    Jonah a shadow of Jesus Christ

    Noah was the 10th from Adam. I was looking the book of Jonah (one subject leads to another). Jonah means dove:
    Jonah 1:1

    וַֽיְהִי דְּבַר־יְהוָה אֶל־יֹונָה בֶן־אֲמִתַּי לֵאמֹֽר׃

    יֹונָה dove h3124;
    אֲמִתַּי my truth h573
    Dove, my truth and the 3 days and nights have a strong connection to Jesus and the resurrection...

    Jonah was sleeping while there was a tempest. Who else in the was sleeping while there was a tempest?
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    Jonah 1
    1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
    2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
    3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
    4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
    5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
    6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
    7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
    8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
    9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
    10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
    11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
    12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
    13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
    14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.
    15 So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
    16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
    17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Matthew 8
    1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
    2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
    3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
    4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
    5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
    6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
    7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
    8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
    9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
    10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
    11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
    12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
    14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
    15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
    16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
    17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
    18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
    19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
    20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
    21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
    22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
    23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
    24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
    25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
    26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
    27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
    28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
    29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
    30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
    31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
    32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
    33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
    Now I'm beginning to see the shadow of Jesus Christ in Jonah.
    The sailors represent the disciples who learned to fear the man of God.
    The man of God spent 3 days and nights in the heart of the earth and came back and showed himself alive for 40 days.

    The theme in Jonah is the word fear h3373
    ירא yare' . This word is a yod word (beginning with the letter yod, the 10th letter). Jonah is the 10th prophetic book from Isaiah. Everyone who met him feared God through him.
    Last edited by gilgal; 11-19-2010 at 03:57 AM.

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    Ok. so we have Jonah sleeping in the boat and Jesus was sleeping when he and his disciples were in the boat.

    Jonah calmed the tempest when the others threw him in the sea. Jesus calmed the tempest with his words.

    Jonah spent 3 days and 3 nights in the fish's belly. Jesus spent 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth.

    Jonah spent 40 days preaching in Nineveh. Jesus spent 40 days in Israel after his resurrection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilgal View Post
    Ok. so we have Jonah sleeping in the boat and Jesus was sleeping when he and his disciples were in the boat.

    Jonah calmed the tempest when the others threw him in the sea. Jesus calmed the tempest with his words.

    Jonah spent 3 days and 3 nights in the fish's belly. Jesus spent 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth.

    Jonah spent 40 days preaching in Nineveh. Jesus spent 40 days in Israel after his resurrection.
    Excellent insights Gilgal. Those are strong parallels. A careful study of the entire book of Jonah is sure to yield many profound insights. For example, there is a very significant connection with the death and resurrection of Christ. Here is how I explained it about three years ago:
    A close study of Jonah is truly astounding. It is supernaturally woven into other prophecies of the resurrection. Consider Peter's Pentecostal sermon:
    Acts 2:30-33 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
    That is a quote from Psalm 16 in which the word corruption is the Hebrew shachat which we also find in a central passage in the book of Jonah:
    Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption [shachat], O LORD my God.
    Thus we see that the same theme of resurrection and freedom from corruption is expressed with exactly the same word in the seemingly "unrelated" OT passages that are both independently applied to the resurrection of Christ by different writers in the NT. This is an example of the Divine Unity of the Holy Bible.
    The thing that is so impressive here is that the connection between the story of Jonah and the resurrection was established by Christ in the Gospels. Then Peter independently connected it with the prophecy in Psalm 16, and this formed the link back to Jonah. Amazing stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM View Post
    Excellent insights Gilgal. Those are strong parallels. A careful study of the entire book of Jonah is sure to yield many profound insights. For example, there is a very significant connection with the death and resurrection of Christ. Here is how I explained it about three years ago:
    A close study of Jonah is truly astounding. It is supernaturally woven into other prophecies of the resurrection. Consider Peter's Pentecostal sermon:
    Acts 2:30-33 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
    That is a quote from Psalm 16 in which the word corruption is the Hebrew shachat which we also find in a central passage in the book of Jonah:
    Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption [shachat], O LORD my God.
    Thus we see that the same theme of resurrection and freedom from corruption is expressed with exactly the same word in the seemingly "unrelated" OT passages that are both independently applied to the resurrection of Christ by different writers in the NT. This is an example of the Divine Unity of the Holy Bible.
    The thing that is so impressive here is that the connection between the story of Jonah and the resurrection was established by Christ in the Gospels. Then Peter independently connected it with the prophecy in Psalm 16, and this formed the link back to Jonah. Amazing stuff!

    Richard
    Yeah. There's probably more to that. But my focus went on the 1st chapter. Both Jesus and Jonah were sleeping while there was a tempest.

    But in Jonah's case the tempest was sent by God to prevent him to go to Tarshish. But in Jesus' case it was simply to show his power over the wind and the sea. Then he went to the Gadarenes. In other words the wind and sea weren't able to prevent him to go the other side, to the Gadarenes. But in Jonah's case it prevented him to go to Tarshish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilgal View Post
    Yeah. There's probably more to that. But my focus went on the 1st chapter. Both Jesus and Jonah were sleeping while there was a tempest.

    But in Jonah's case the tempest was sent by God to prevent him to go to Tarshish. But in Jesus' case it was simply to show his power over the wind and the sea. Then he went to the Gadarenes. In other words the wind and sea weren't able to prevent him to go the other side, to the Gadarenes. But in Jonah's case it prevented him to go to Tarshish.
    Yeah, I agree that the points you mentioned from chapter 1 are cool. I just tossed in the connections I saw from chapter 2. My main point was to say that the whole book is deeply connected with the story of Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM View Post
    Yeah, I agree that the points you mentioned from chapter 1 are cool. I just tossed in the connections I saw from chapter 2. My main point was to say that the whole book is deeply connected with the story of Christ.
    Would Jonah be considered a Galilean? Joppa was mentioned in Acts 10 (spoke 10). Both Jonah and Simon Peter were preaching to Gentiles.

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