The Sign of Jonah
Can we trust the Bible when it tells an unbelievable story?
The book of Jonah is the story of a clash of wills. On the one side, God has a task in mind for His appointed servant. On the other side, Jonah, a stubborn man, has resolved otherwise. As Jonah naively seeks to distance himself from God’s intangible but ubiquitous presence, we witness a downward spiral in the trajectory of his life.
First, he finds seclusion below deck in a ship tossed by a raging storm. Subsequently, he is thrown even deeper, into the dark abyss, where the Lord provides a huge fish to swallow him (Jonah 1:17). There, inside the fish, he reaches the bottom of the pit (Jonah …