Jonah 4

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Jonah 4 shows us the true colors of our prophet.  He grudgingly did what God asked, after a detour through the belly of a fish, and now he is unhappy with the results.  Usually a prophet or preacher is ecstatic when people repent.  But not Jonah.  “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry”. He didn’t want the people of Nineveh to repent as they were his enemy.  This is an intense response.  So he goes to God with his complaints and anger.  He isn’t content to just be frustrated himself – he wants God to hear all about it.

O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country?  That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting…

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