A Short Study of Jonah 1:15
“So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.”
Jonah was a man bent on fleeing from the source of all mercy (as all men are by nature). The howling wind of Divine Judgment that follows the rebel cries for justice and will not abate without complete satisfaction.
In the pitiful state of total spiritual darkness, the hater of God (all men outside of Christ – and even the elect of God before thy experience the new birth) neither considers nor cares that the Holy One of heaven has been offended.
How can any man have any hope of eternal salvation with such a heart of enmity?
There is but one way — Christ, the righteous must become Jonah the rebel, and in a state of such guilt, be cast into the consuming wrath of the offended God of all creation.
When Christ, the Substitute for all the Jonahs, (chosen from the foundation of the world unto salvation) is cast forth by Holy Law, the wrath is appeased and Justice is satisfied. The sea which once cried for vengeance ceases from her raging. What joy to consider Him Who became the sacrificial Substitute for all He has eternally loved.
By Marvin Stalnaker