13 Jul

What Was The Sign Of The Prophet Jonah

This week my 20 year old daughter called me in the middle of the day, that’s a call I always take, she then shocked me by the reason for the call. “Daddy, this manager at worked asked me: you don’t really believe all that stuff in the Bible, like, how about the story of Jonah and the whale, you don’t really believe someone could live after being swallowed by a fish for three days? Daddy he was sincere and I said, yes, of course I do, but I really didn’t know what to say, it made me feel kinda bad, I didn’t have a better answer, because he was sincere.”

For all sorts of reasons this conversation touched my heart in a good way, yet, naturally the next question is, “what would you say?” I mean that as a question to you the reader; what would you say? I really have thought about it for 3 days, that’s how long by the way, Jonah was in there and the more I have processed and sought others with the question the more amazing it gets. Yet the really cool question I think is: what did Jesus mean when he said a number of times, ” an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the … seeks a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah “? What was the sign of Jonah? Most would say it was three days in the tomb and resurrected, yes, I love that but I think there is more.

At a Bible Study Thursday morning a good friend shared that the people of Nineveh worshiped a fish God, so Jonah’s street cred went up drastically with this fish story, I have also herd that others who have been swallowed by fish were bleached white and lost all hair, so this may also have added to Jonah’s street cred. My friend also shared that Jonah had led one of the biggest and fastest revivals in the history of the world. AHA, that could be the sign Jesus was referring to, perhaps the largest revival of gentiles, EVER, and right under the Judgemental Jew’s Noses, again.

If you re-read the story and its well worth it, there are so many, Jonah had a phenomenal conversational intimacy with God. Jonah by the way was no poser, he told God exactly what was on his mind, kinda like, Cain.

Jonah 4: Then God said to Jonah, “Is it good for you to be so angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said, “I am angry enough to die!”

1But Adonai said, “You have pity on the plant for which you did no labor or make it grow, that appeared overnight and perished overnight. So shouldn’t I have pity on Nineveh—the great city that has in it more than 120,000 people who don’t know their right hand from their left—as well as many animals?”

There are so many signs here its phenomenal. “My sheep hear my voice”, you bet we do, I believe Jonah was enjoying a prayer life that was beyond cool and what Jesus did made a way for us to have that. Jonah had a bad attitude it would appear, as did Cain, but God still spoke to them, it couldn’t be clearer. To me one of the coolest signs here is that God is hanging out with a suicidal, depressed, narcissist and loving on him in amazing ways. GRACE, GRACE, Jonah was God’s favorite in spite of all the shenanigans, SOOOOO – even I got a chance at THAT!

Adventure, oh what an adventure Jonah goes on with His Friend, God. I’m thinking it might be kinda cool to go on that fish ride, if you knew you would live to tell about it. Don’t tell me we haven’t all thought about it as we name our cars Barracuda or Marlin, Stingray, and these ain’t no wimpy cars by the way, they will take you on a ride. Jonah’s comfort zone gets beyond stretched, he learns to trust God in ways only Jonah could explain. The sign of adventure, I have to admit God has pulled me into things I thought I’d drown haven’t you?

One thing I am absolutely convinced of: ITS A LOVE STORY, God loved Jonah, Nineveh, 120,000 people/Kids who didn’t know their right from their left, God even mentions the animals of Nineveh. UNCONDITIONALLY!!!

Yet, don’t miss that love didn’t change the rules, they still had to repent, turn from the wicked and turn back to Daddy. Jesus gave us that sign all right, we just need to believe it, which gets back to my daughters answer which I don’t think was so bad… “yes, I believe”.

About the Author

Robby Dilmore Robby Dilmore
Robby Dilmore his radio name itself is an oxymoron (Christian Car Guy). Robby started working in car dealerships back in 1971, (over forty years ago), washing cars. He went from car washer to service, parts, sales and eventually worked up to Dealer Principle of a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Store in 1998, where he was when God called him to start The Christian Car Guy Radio Show in January 2006. One of Robby’s greatest joys is sharing devotions with the residents of Somerset Assisted Living in Mockville, NC behind his former dealership and Charing the CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Committee) there. He also has rejoiced in teaching the Special Needs Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem for many years. Robby has seen first hand the good the bad and the ugly of automobile service, parts, sales and finance business, and now The Lord has provided him with a chance to help folks around the world. The Christian Car Guy Radio Show is syndicated nationally on 27 radio stations with live streaming on the internet and podcasting available on ITunes and over 30 other outlets. His 30 second helpful tips feature, Stayin on The Highway is now also syndicated. Robby also hosts Kingdom Pursuits, another one hour live show on Saturdays that signed on in 2008 across the Truth Network. Robby has been interviewed for the Christian Car Guy perspective across hundreds of other radio outlets including the Fox Radio Network, Financial Life Line, The G. Gordon Liddy, and Lars Larson radio shows even a National TV appearance on Fox and Friends.The Christian Car Guy Web site provides Godly counsel with hundreds of articles on everything from gas saving tips to how to be a four stroke Christian. Robby’s articles have been quoted in blogs from the Los Angles Examiner to The Autoblog.NL Germany’s most popular Automotive Blog. Robby has been married over 25 years to his wife Tammy and has four Children, Leslie Brad, Robby III, Tess and Mariah, they are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem Robby Loves to Speak locally in North Carolina as well as across The Country to have Robby at your event email him @ rdilmore@wtru.com or call Robby @ 336-909-2779 Mailing Address: Truth Broadcasting Attention: Robby Dilmore 4405 Providence Lane Suite D Winston Salem, NC 27106

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