Jonah a bad guy?
Was he really a good guy like we have always thought? He was given a task: Go to Ninevah, and he made a decision to NOT go there. Why? Not bc he was afraid like were often told...
Ninevah is a good ways 300+ miles northeast of Israel. Taursus is the exact opposite direction which is where Jonah goes. While he's on a boat, it's storming, and Jonah is just sound asleep in the boat. Interesting....he has a clear conscience about not doing what God asked him to do. So when the others wake him and ask him to call on his God, casts lots to see who is at fault for this storm and it falls on Jonah. They knew he was at fault for rung away from the Lord.
Jonah tells them to throw him over! Then God prepares a fish...just for Jonah. 3 nights in the belly of a fish. Then he vomits him on shore and Jonah is ready to do what God wants. Do we pat him on the back for learning his lesson?
3:3 Jonah goes to Ninevah, and proclaimed it's overturning and believed God and fasted and repented. What would that be like? You preach to the people and he touched the heart of everyone. Incredibly successful, but was he faithful?
Jonah then prays to die and throws himself a pity party. Why is he mad? Bc Jonah was a Jew and the Ninevites were the enemy and wanted them to not be saved but to get what was due to them.
He camps outside the city and again asks to die, and get so angry at the vine for dying though he did nothing to help it or tend to it, and relates it to Ninevah.
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