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Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

profileThe Bible is filled with stories that skeptics have a hard time believing. There’s the one about feeding 5,000 men (not counting the women and children in one report) with a few fish and loaves with many baskets leftover after all had eaten their fill. There’s the one about a small boy slaying a giant of a man with a slingshot and a stone. There’s the one about a man thrown into a den with hungry lions all-night and surviving. There’s the one about the man dead for several days and being summoned from his tomb by Jesus. I could go on and on.

Just so we are on the same page – Jesus believed in these stories – or at least some of them for sure because He speaks of them as He is quoted in the Gospels. Jesus is quoted as speaking about the Great Flood and Noah and He is quoted as speaking about today’s passage – and miracle. There’s that word – miracle. A miracle is something thought impossible – like the Miracle Mets of 1969 when they played my beloved Baltimore Orioles in the World Series and won in five games. Some believed the ’69 Orioles to be one of the finest teams to ever play the game!

Doubters say today’s passage is the biggest miracle or fairy tale of them all. Science cannot conceive of a large fish capable of swallowing a human – the human remaining alive for a few days – and than being vomited alive. Jonah 1:17 – Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Some have called the large fish a whale – but nowhere in the Bible is it called a whale. God could have created a specific fish just for this purpose – it didn’t have to be a large fish we have seen in history.

The key is whether you believe or not. Did Jesus rise from the grave? Was He really dead and buried? Did God create the world – the universe? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? Is the devil for real? Are there really demons? Angels?

In my way of thinking – one either believes in the Bible and what it says – or one doesn’t. We cannot pick the stories we believe in and reject the ones we don’t. We cannot develop a Reader’s Digest version of the Bible. We cannot pick and choose what we believe and what we reject – IMHO.

I choose to believe! I choose to believe that the Bible is true – it is the Word of God – it is inspired and the very breath of God. What you choose to believe is up to you!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 27, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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