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A Whale and Resurrection

By Ken and Jan Merop

Cleveland, Tnken and Jan Merop

“So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land,” so it says in Jonah 2:10, NKJV.

Phew!  That would be an experience never to be forgotten.  The vapors surrounding Jonah as he was expelled from the whale told a graphic story.

Imagine what it must have been like in the belly of the great fish that God had prepared to swallow Jonah.  Think of all that the whale had eaten, the digestive juices at work, and the enclosed, suffocating cavity of this great fish.  Then think about spending three days and three nights in there.

I wondered, why did God choose this particular avenue to get Jonah’s attention?  Perhaps the second first verse in Jonah 1 gives us the answer.

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.”

The sins of the people were like a horrendous, sickening stench that he could stomach no longer.  God called on Jonah as the instrument through whom he would work to take the truth of his word to Nineveh.

But Jonah didn’t want to go.  So, he fled by boat to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.  Somehow in his desire to escape, he neglected to realize that he couldn’t hide from God.

When Jonah’s actions imperiled all on the boat, he told them to throw him overboard.  And, it was then God rescued him in a most unlikely manner.

Just maybe God wanted Jonah to experience a stench that would resemble that which was afflicting his holy nostrils from Nineveh – to tangibly understand the foul rancidness of sin.

Though God couldn’t stand what was happening in Nineveh, his compassion was extended.  And, on this Resurrection Day, we are reminded of these two characteristics of God.  His holiness that cannot regard sin; and his compassionate love provided the remedy.

Some of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day wanted a sign.  But, Jesus – tired of the stench of their unbelief – said the only sign would be that of the prophet Jonah and his three-day/three-night entombment in the big fish.  So, it would be for Jesus in the earth.

On that glorious resurrection day – out of the grave from which he had taken the sins of the world – he came ready to extend forgiveness adorned in compassionate love to all who would believe.

Jonah was given new life from his smelly tomb at God’s command to the fish.  Jesus Christ went into the grave clothed in mankind’s putrid sin.  He came forth like a new blossom in his resurrection body – the only perfect sacrifice to satisfy God’s holiness and love.  Selah

Promise of Spring

Decaying mulch hardly seems the bed for beauty.

Nevertheless, it emerges from beneath the ground.

Purple and white crocuses breaking through winter’s harshness.

A cross, crown of thorns, and a borrowed tomb

hardly seem the likely place to find promise.

Till Jesus burst forth from the tomb…just as He said.

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here,

But is risen!”

Luke 24: 5 and 6


After six years in the mountains of Avery County, Ken and Jan Merop are now living in the hilly Tennessee countryside of Cleveland, TN…just outside of Chattanooga.  Ken’s photos can be seen at

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