Monday, April 25, 2011

The Prophet Jonah and Easter

Biblical typology is something we have spoken of here a number of times. A good typological consideration and teaching opportunity for the Easter season is of course the story of Jonah:

And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 2:1)

“He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here.” (Matthew 12: 39-41)

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