Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jonah and the Whale

No, no, no, no my friends. It is not Jonah and the Whale. The story is about Jonah and God. The whale takes up 2 verses out of 4 chapters. Dr. David Kemp, my college Bible teacher made sure we learned that. I think we Christians like to have our two verses though. We like to pick out things from the Bible and make them the whole Bible. We like to take little themes and make them big.
But what are the big themes in the Bible. The Bible is a story afterall and stories have to have main themes. What are those in the Bible (I have my thoughts, but I want to hear from you guys first).

12 comments:

Jewda said...

That...was...awesome! I really never thought about how much undue credit is given to that whale...or fish...or who cares?

I think the entire Bible is about love, redemption, and forgiveness. Obviously, there's a flip side to that, if you reject God's love, redemption, and forgiveness. But I think that's where it starts. Even the story of Jonah and God have all three elements.

Matt said...

The biggest miracle in Johan is in chapter three but somehow it is usually just a one liner in children’s books. Drives me nuts. Jonah is a great example of the OT telling the story of God being in control and reaching out to save us. That theme is everywhere in the OT. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is the climax of the whole Bible and I can’t read the Bible anymore without finding evidence of Jesus and evidence of God pursuing us while we are buried in our own sin.

David Carrel said...

Good answer Jeff. Love, Redemption and forgiveness. I like that. I think it is the story of Redemption. And Matt I love your response about us being dead in our sin and being pursued by God.
I think that it is neat to think of the whole story of the Bible sometimes and not just all the individual stories.

Steve and Mendi and Kids said...

I think the story of Jonah is a perfect example of what the Bible's theme could be catagorized as..."love, redemption and forgiveness". It's not only about God's love, redemption and forgiveness towards Jonah...but also to the people of Ninevah! Which I think gets overlooked or overshadowed because of the "Big Fish" part that is emphasized in our churches today.

Seda said...

I think the overarching story of the Bible is God's omnipotent, omniscient, and infinite power and love - not only for humankind, but for all creation. I also think that a lot of it has been corrupted by the personal agenda and political manipulation of religious leaders who have sought to use that message for their own ends. But the truth of God's love is too great ever to be covered successfully - thank God!

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