Jonah was called of God to go to Nineveh
to warn the people
of impending judgment (a viscious and
brutal people). Instead of obeying God, Jonah takes his
own route and heads in the opposite
direction. God sends a storm
and the sailors in the ship realize it’s judgment. Jonah
confesses that he is the reason
for the storm. He pleads with the men for them to throw him overboard.
That's when he ends up in the belly of a whale, cries out to God, then he is
spit up onto dry land.
After that experience, Jonah again gets commissioned by God to go to Nineveh - this time he obeys. They hear his message to Repent of Perish
”, and they repent.
This expression of the mercy and love of God angered Jonah. He could not understand God's heart, that none should perish, not even the vilest and wicked.
The story is the message:
• A pouting prophet on the run
• A loving God who cares for those who will not even acknowledge Him
• A fish used as a tool of judgment
• A pagan king who would transform a whole nation through prayer and fasting.
It’s a story of repentance
It’s a story of restoration
It’s a message of miraculous deliverance,
Not just of a person, but an entire nation.
Rid your minds of limited thinking
Refuse to look at this as though it was a children’s story
but, instead, as a miraculous, historical account.
It is not mythology, it’s not allegorical, nor is it a parable.
How do I know
Because Jesus referred to Jonah as
a real person, during a real period of time, going to a real city.