Scripture from the ESV
10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.
And the Lord spoke to the fish
God has nothing to say to Jonah as of yet. He addresses the fish.
Jonah made no request in the prayer, though he did predict his own release from the fish.
To speak is primarily to make something known. God makes himself known without difficulty to all the works of His creation.
It vomited Jonah out
Jonah is not merely released from a prison, but sent forth. The fish spews him out as a defiled land vomits out its inhabitants (Lev. 18:5).
As if to allow Jonah to prove his repentance, he is vomited out:
If you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).
Has the fish grown upset by Jonah’s self-righteousness? Perhaps.
Upon the dry land.
Though God would have been just to set difficulties in Jonah’s way, he is set upon land, dry land, and even in the way of Nineveh. The Lord is merciful and sets Jonah in the path of his Word.
What does Jonah look like, smell like, feel like at this point? How is a man rescued from drowning and storm, from the belly of a fish, a fit spokesman for this message from God?