And God prepared a Great Fish, to swallow up Jonah.
He found it a hard command.
And it was, Shipmates, for all the things God would have us do are hard.
If we were to obey God, we must disobey ourselves.
But Jonah still further flouts God, by seeking to flee from him.
Jonah thinks that a ship; made by Men, will carry
him into countries
He prowls among the shipping like a vile burglar, hastening across the Seas.
As he comes aboard, the Sailors mock him.
The Ship puts out.
But soon the Sea rebels. It will not bear the wicked burden.
A dreadful storm comes up, the ship is like to break.
The Bo'sun calls all hands to lighten her.
Boxes, bales, and jars... clattering overboard.
The wind is shrieking, the men are yelling.
"I FEAR THE LORD!" cries Jonah,
Again, the Sailors mock him.
Wretched Jonah; cries out to them, to cast him overboard.
For he knew, that for his sake, this great tempest
was upon them all.
Now behold Jonah.
Taken up as an anchor, and dropped into the sea.
And the Great Whale shoots through all his ivory
And Jonah cries unto the Lord, out of the viscious
But observe his Prayer Shipmates.
He doesn't weep and wail.
He feels his punishment is just.
He leaves Deliverance to God.
And even out of the belly of Hell, grounded upon
the Oceans utmost bones,
God spake unto the Whale, and from the shuddering
cold and blackness of the Deep,
And Jonah... bruised and beaten, his ears like
two sea shells;
Jonah DID THE ALMIGHTY'S BIDDING... and what was
To preach the TRUTH in the face of falsehood.
Now Shipmates... woe to him that seeks to pour
oil on the troubled waters
Yea, woe to him, as the Pilot Paul has it, while
preaching to others
What Delight is to him; who against the Proud
Gods and Commodores of this Earth,
Who destroys all Sin, tho he pluck it out from
under the robes of Senators...
And ETERNAL Delight shall be his, who coming to
lay him down may say:
"I've striven to be Thine, more than to be
"Yet this is nothing."
"I LEAVE ETERNITY TO THEE."
For what is Man that he should live out the Lifetime of his God?
Though WE may not believe our power limitless,