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|Focus on message, not fish|
Jonah is one of my favorite Bible characters. As a small child I was fascinated by the fact that he was "swallowed up" by a whale and then released to the shore three days later. Even though it was one of my favorite Bible stories, I never truly comprehended the moral of the story.
As I began to mature, I learned that the Bible does not specifically say that a whale swallowed Jonah. The "whale of a tale" is merely a big fish. This clarification still did not help in my attempt to comprehend the moral of the story.
Maybe it's because the story offers so much controversy and very little closure. Some believe this is a literal account in the life of a man named Jonah. Others believe it is simply a parable created to present the larger scope of God's purpose for Israel. I personally don't lose sleep over the thought of this story being a parable because I know if God had wanted a tadpole to swallow Jonah it would.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.