The story of Jonah and the fish is a story of Israel's exile and return to the Holy Land.
Here's how it goes:
- Jonah disobeys God.
- Jonah leaves the "land" and goes to "sea."
- Jonah appears to lost in exile at "sea".
- But Jonah doesn't perish and disappear into the "sea".
- Jonah seems to die (Jon 2:5-7).
- Yet Jonah is miraculously preserved in a fish (3 days in the belly of whale).
- The Jonah revives and comes back to the "land."
- Once back on "land" Jonah proclaims the God of Israel to the Gentiles.
- Israel turned from God toward idolatry and was taken into captivity by Assyria (the Gentiles to which Jonah preached).
- Israel left the promised "land" and is scattered into the "sea" of the Gentiles.
- Israel appears to lost in exile among the "sea" of Gentiles.
- But Israel doesn't perish and disappear into the "sea."
- Jesus comes from the north of the Holy Land and dies.
- Yet Jesus is miraculously preserved in His tomb (3 days in the belly of the earth).
- Jesus revives and comes back to the "land."
- Once back on "land" Jesus proclaims the God of Israel to the Gentiles through His body the Church.
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