This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #528, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Jonah 1:5-6.
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.
That was Jonah 1:5-6. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
In contrast with the concern of the mariners Jonah’s reaction is amazing. He went below deck and fell asleep, undisturbed by the storm’s tossing the ship. Perhaps he felt secure there. Obviously he was insensitive to the danger. Ironically a pagan ship captain had to call a man of God to prayer. The captain was desperate; every known god should be appealed to so that one might grant relief from their peril (cf. we will not perish, v. 6). The need was so great that the men despaired for their lives; yet God’s servant slept. What an object lesson to God’s people then and now to awaken from apathy as crying people perish on the sea of life.
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