This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #536, 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 1:17.
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.
That was Jonah 1:17. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
The prophet’s expected death did not occur. The sovereignty and centrality of God as the major figure in this historical narrative are evidenced in His providing a fish to swallow Jonah. This is the first of four things in this book He provided. The great fish was possibly a mammal, a sperm whale, or perhaps a whale shark. God controls not only the sea but all that is in it. By means of the large sea monster God preserved Jonah alive and later deposited him unhurt on land. The phrase three days and three nights need not be understood as a 72-hour period, but as one 24-hour day and parts of two other days (note that Jesus said His burial would be the same length of time as Jonah’s interment in the fish’s stomach).
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