The Crux of the book of Jonah

A brief summary of the book of Jonah:

Jonah was asked to go to Ninevah, but did not do what God wanted. After going through a mighty trial he finally did what God wanted.  When he went to Ninevah he asked the people to repent and turn from their evil ways.

Jon 3:4  And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried and said, Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!

Jon 3:5  And the people of Nineveh believed God. And they called a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
Jon 3:6  For word came to the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne. And he laid his robe from him, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

Jon 3:9  Who knows? He may repent, and God may have pity and turn away from the glow of His anger, so that we do not perish.
Jon 3:10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. And God was compassionate over the evil that He had said to do to them, and He did not do it.


Jon 4:1  But it was a great calamity in Jonah’s sight, and it kindled anger in him.

Jon 4:2  And he prayed to Jehovah and said, Please, O Jehovah, was this not my saying when I was still in my land? On account of this I fled before to Tarshish. For I knew that You are a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and One who repents over calamity.

What I wanted to concentrate on was Jonah 4:1 where it says that Gods response of Grace and Mercy to Ninevah kindled anger in Jonah.  I believe this is the main point of the book of Jonah that God left with us. To examine our own hearts so we can clearly see the mercy and grace of God! This is not unlike the legalistic, performance based Christianity we have in today’s world.   We are not content when God shows grace and mercy to sinners. We WANT justice and God to throw down wrath and teach great lessons when God is not doing what we want to other people! Often we take matters into our own hands when God does not reign down his wrath on sinners and we almost always really mess things up when we do this!

Lets join the feast of the banquet as we relish in the mercy, grace, and love of God shown to sinners.  Lets not re-learn the lesson God had to teach Jonah.

In Christ,

Amen!

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4 thoughts on “The Crux of the book of Jonah

  1. Joe

    Jonah is such a wonderful book. The real miracle is that the king of Ninevah and it’s people repented on the chance that Jonah was right that they were about to “get theirs.”

    I was recently reminded of the book of Nahum and how that book is, in essence, the sermon Jonah wishes he had given. 150 years after Ninevah repents, God judges the city again.

    Thanks for the post, brother Jon!

  2. Joe

    Jonah is such a wonderful book. The real miracle is that the king of Ninevah and it’s people repented on the chance that Jonah was right that they were about to “get theirs.”

    I was recently reminded of the book of Nahum and how that book is, in essence, the sermon Jonah wishes he had given. 150 years after Ninevah repents, God judges the city again.

    Thanks for the post, brother Jon!

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