Why did Jonah not want to go to Nineveh and preach judgment? We assume he was scared of these cruel people, but this story unfolds the real reason: he did not want God to be merciful on them.
Upon seeing the people’s repentance, God “changes his mind” and does not come in wrath. Why does God change his mind? Is God fickle? What does this story reveal about God’s character that we often miss?
Moreover, why was Jonah still upset afterward? Jonah, that man that ran from God and gave up, throwing himself into the sea in suicidal despair only to be rescued by God from the brink of death and hell, once again lost hope.
What did he loose hope in? He lost hope in a God that proclaims, “I have mercy on whomever I choose to have mercy” and truly desires “all people to be saved.” How often to we become Jonah?
Sermon: The God Who Finds Us | Jonah Part 1 (Chapters 1 – 2) by Spencer Boersma While we get fixated on the notion that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, we forget that Jonah was the prophet that ran from God. What kind of person runs from God? Who did he understand God to…