Bible Activity/Discussion

Bible’s Most Asked Questions #1: Does Jonah actually gets swallowed by a whale?

Jonah getting swallowed by a whale is often ridiculed by people who can’t simply get behind the fact that God is all-powerful and can humble us in ways He sees fit, people who think the story is a myth and by people who don’t understand the symbolic meaning of this incident. Jonah spent three days in the fish’s belly; yes, this ties into Jesus spending three days and three nights in the earth’s belly. This is something I’ll get into later on, but if the story of Jesus isn’t true, then the story of Jonas is false.

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Back to the origin of this post. 

In primary school, we had a Religious Instructions class where all the faiths came together as one. There was one song that went: I don’t want to be like Jonah. To be swallowed by a whale. Down to Ninevah I must go. When my Savior tells me so…

I loved that song! Until I started studying the Bible and discovering the truth. So did Jonah get swallowed by a whale? Let’s consult our Bible:

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.

Jonah 1:17

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Jonah gets swallowed by a GREAT FISH. Not by a whale, not by a mermaid, not by the Loch Ness monster, but by a great fish. This is why it’s important to read and study the Bible. Little details like these are very important.

May God continue to bless and guide you as you seek to enrich your spiritual life.

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EDIT (31st March 2018): This is why we cross-reference.

I was wrong about Jonah not being swallowed by a whale for according to Matthew 12:40, he was “3 days and 3 nights in the whale’s belly”. I have no idea why this didn’t register with me although I would’ve eventually come back to it. Thank you, Margaret for pointing this out. 💙 Forgive me for my ignorance.