Amazing & Wacky Things

Swimming With A Whale Shark

July 23, 2011
The diver was almost sucked into the mouth of a massive whale shark

The diver in the photo was almost sucked into the mouth of a massive whale shark as it fed on plankton off Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

The diver was almost sucked into the mouth of a massive whale shark (Photo: Mauricio Handler/ Handlerphoto.com/solent)

This photo immediately brings to mind the story of Jonah in the Book of Jonah.

Ordered by God to go to the city of Nineveh to prophesy against it “for their great wickedness is come up before me.” Jonah seeks instead to flee from “the presence of the Lord” by going to Jaffa and sailing to Tarshish, which, geographically, is 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

A huge storm arises and the sailors, realizing this is no ordinary storm, cast lots and learn that Jonah is to blame. Jonah admits this and states that if he is thrown overboard the storm will cease.

The sailors try to dump as much cargo as possible before giving up, but feel forced to throw him overboard, at which point the sea calms. The inspired sailors then offer sacrifices to Yahweh.

Jonah is miraculously saved by being swallowed by a large fish specially prepared by God where he spent three days and three nights.

While in the great fish, Jonah prays to God in his affliction and commits to thanksgiving and to paying what he has vowed. God commands the fish to vomit Jonah out.

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