Jonah

Jonah

Jonah 4 – a vine, a worm, and a wind

Chapters 2 and 3 provided a great story of salvation for both the Jew and the Gentile. In theory everyone should be happy except Jonah is not. Jonah had wanted Obadiah-theology (judging the nations) to be applied to Nineveh. Instead Jonah quotes the first part of Exodus 34:6-7: You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and…

Jonah 2 – the big fish

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish – this seems as good a position for pray as any other. Notice how Jonah describes where he is – the belly of Sheol, the deep, the deep surrounded me, the roots of the mountains, down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever, his life is in the pit – in other words, Jonah is in the grave. It is like he…

Jonah 1 – going down and hurling things

Obadiah had predicted God’s judgment on Edom for their crimes against Israel. That is exactly the theology that Jonah wanted to apply to the current enemy of Nineveh. When Yahweh called Jonah to cry out against Nineveh, he understood that God’s word of judgment included the possibility of repentance – and Jonah did not want that. Nineveh is north-west by land, so Jonah…