I’m preparing for Saturday morning bible study on Paul’s conversion, and a correlation came to my mind.
Jonah, a very devout man, resisted God’s command to preach to Ninevah, so God placed him three days in the darkness of the belly of the fish.
Saul, a very devout man, resisted God’s will in accepting Christ and preaching the gospel, so Jesus blinded him and he was three days in the darkness that was laid upon him. Both men, when “raised” from the darkness, fulfilled the will of God, and God’s message in both cases was spread to Gentiles.
The earth was covered in darkness for three hours at the death of our Lord on the cross, and Jesus was in the darkness of the tomb three days before his resurrection lit the fuse of Christianity.
All of these instances involve “darkness” and I can’t help but be reminded of King Solomon’s dedication of the temple when he said, “The Lord has said that He will dwell in thick darkness.” In each instance, there was the number three (the number of deity in Hebrew) and there was darkness. God was there with them in that darkness, and He used that time in darkness to make His will known.
This reminds me of so many times that I felt the darkness try to creep into my life. I am so thankful that God does dwell in thick darkness because on those days that I hover there, I know He is there also.