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a furious storm at sea. The sailors throw
Jonah into the raging water when they
discover that Jonah caused the storm. The
seas calm. There is a lesson to be “taken
away” from the story into our lives.
Jonah had tried to run far away from the task God had
asked of him: to preach to the city of Nineveh, the capital city of the Assyrians. The Assyrians were the longtime enemies of the Israelites. It is no surprise then that the Israelites, Jonah among them, felt very little love for the Ninevites. Jonah was not at all pleased that God’s saving love included the likes of them. (You may find it interesting to know that the ruins of ancient Nineveh can still be seen today across the Tigris
River opposite Mosul in northern Iraq.)
God arranged for a big fish to swallow Jonah. He was in
the belly of the fish “three days and three nights.” He pleaded for the Lord to deliver him. He offered thanks and pledged obedience to the Lord, saying, “ ‘What I have vowed I will pay.
Deliverance belongs to the Lord!’ Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land” (2:9–10).
The story of Jonah is a parable of God’s all-embracing
love. It is amazing to realize that once again even the animals are included in God’s saving plan. When Jonah proclaimed to the people of Nineveh, “Forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown,” the people and the king of Nineveh were very responsive. “[The king] rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth [rough clothing], and sat in ashes” (3:6). Then the king made a decree: “No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. Human beings and animals shall be covered in sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands” (3:7–8).
When God saw that the people and the animals turned
from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that was to befall the city and withheld all punishment. Jonah became very angry because God’s mercy and forgiveness extended beyond the chosen people and included their enemies, the people of Nineveh. Jonah confessed that it was precisely the idea of God’s merciful and inclusive love that drove him to flee from God’s request that he preach to the
people of Nineveh in the first place. Now, no doubt, it made Jonah angrier to know that God wanted to save even the animals.
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