Norman Grubb shares a unique view of the well-known story of Jonah and the whale. Norman emphasizes that Jonah remained a man of faith. He never removed himself from God’s service, but refused to believe that he was God’s man for the job. We see Jonah go through the process of agony and the dying of the intercessor through whose dying and rising God is fulfilling His great purpose of grace. So Jonah, from the belly of the whale, sees his idolatry, sees the price he must pay for not going God’s way, and promises to make good his vows to God. Here we see the only account in Old Testament history in which God reveals his universal love purpose to an individual. Just as God through Jonah brought about a national salvation, so God through Jesus brings about a world salvation.
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