Yonah (Jonah) Chapter 1 (Continued)

Yonah 1:7And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Yonah.

CAST LOTS in front of him - Remind you of someone? - Another small foreshadowing?

John 19:24 They said therefore to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be"; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." (NAS)

Tehillim (Psalms) 22:18 They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (NAS)

Yonah 1:8-9 Then they said to him, "Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?" And he said to them, I am a Hebrew; and I fear Adonai, the G-d of heaven, which has made the sea and the dry land.

He says he is a child of Adonai - G-d of heaven. WE have fear in a correct response!

The first letter corresponding to the first chapter is Aleph - head, as in Creator; King; the head of a bull appointed for sacrifice, etc.

Yonah 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said to him, Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the L-RD, because he had told them.

These foreigners were convicting Yonah. G-d can even use people who do not know Him for ways to discipline those who continue to run or disobey Him.

Yonah 1:11-12 So they said to him, "What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?"-- for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. And he said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you."

Here is where Yonah makes the first step towards mending his relationship with Adonai. He admits his error and is willing to suffer whatever consequences for this error-even death. He fulfills the “type” which points to Messiah Yeshua.

How? He came of His own free will from above to suffer but not for His own errors but our errors. All “types” are only types and have one major contrast and difference to the real deal. All the “types” have failed at one time or another-like all of us have failed one time or another. Yeshua on the other hand, was and is perfection and never failed.

Yonah 1:13 However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them.

Tehillim (Psalms) 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

You can’t run from HaShem.

Yonah 1:14 Therefore they cried to Adonai, and said, We beg you, O Adonai, we beg you, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for You, O Adonai, we have done as you pleased.

These men where doing what Adonai asked of them and did not want to be held accountable for the death of Yonah. Genuine fear of Adonai if a child of His is hurt.

Isn’t it interesting we have the claim of innocent blood? Again we have a picture here of whom?

Would Adonai save him? YES, If he did not they did not want to be held accountable for the death of Yonah. They ask for forgiveness if this innocent man would perish by their hands. . Yonah would later be used for the benefit of the Gentiles in Nineveh.

In Contrast, we have the people here below “NOT” asking forgiveness if there is the shedding of innocent blood. This man’s death would be the will of Adonai and Yeshua would be the benefit of the Gentiles too.

Matt 27:24-25 And when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of this Man's blood; see to that yourselves." And all the people answered and said, "His blood be on us and on our children!" (NAS)

Would Adonai save Him? NO. But He would raise him (body -temple) three days and three nights later.

Matt 27:40-43And saying, You that destroyed the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If You be the Son of G-d, come down from the execution stake. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the execution stake, and we will believe Him. He trusted in G-d; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him: for He said, I am the Son of G-d.


HE says He is the Son of Adonai - Instead of fear of harming the Son of Adonai, which would have been the correct response - we have mocking.

Contrast: Most rejected that He was the true Son of G-d. The pagan sailors during the time of Yonah came to believe that Yonah was a child of the true G-d. See verse16 below.

Matt 27:44 And the robbers also that were crucified with Him cast on Him the same reproach. (ASV)

Matt 27:50 And Yeshua cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Back to Yonah:

Yonah 1:15 So they took up Yonah, and cast him into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

The sea became calm. Yonah is again the “type” pointing to the real deal. In the case of the storm when Yeshua slept and awoke He only had to speak and the sea obeyed him.

Yonah 1:16 Then the men feared Adonai exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to Adonai, and made vows.

Again, These pagan sailors became converts to the true Jewish faith. They realized Yonah was a child of the true G-d.

The Tanakh ends chapter 1 after verse 16. Some translations include the following verse in chapter one. This verse is the first verse in chapter 2 in the Tanakh.

Yonah 1:17 Now Adonai had prepared a great fish to swallow up Yonah. And Yonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

This was declared by Yeshua to be a sign to us concerning his body.

Here we have the consequences of disobedience for Yonah. Can you imagine being in the belly of a dish (probably a whale) for three days and nights? Yuccckk! - This points to Yeshua who out of obedience to the Father was laid in the tomb for three days and nights.

Those that reject the Son of the true G-d will have consequences that will last longer than three days and nights. The consequences will be eternal.