Insights on Jonah…

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am intrigued by the minor prophet Jonah.  This little four-chapter-long book of the Bible is packed with some great insights…let me share two with you.

First of all, Jonah was the only prophet who tried to run from what God wanted him to do.  I think we all feel like Jonah sometimes and choose “flight” rather than “fight” when God calls or leads us to do something.  Thankfully, God sometimes gives second chances.  Our failures do not permanently disqualify us from serving God.  It is important to realize that second chances from God are not guaranteed…don’t assume that He will always give you a second chance and think that you can live in disobedience now.  If God mercifully and graciously gives you a second chance, obey Him immediately!  Even better, obey God the first time He commands you to do something!

Secondly, I am amazed at the success of Jonah’s very brief message to Nineveh. The preaching of Jonah against Nineveh recorded in scripture is just five words long in the Hebrew, and only eight words long in English: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned” (Jonah 3:4).  The success of this brief message was amazing…maybe even the greatest impact of preaching of all time.  Jonah chapter three records that the entire city turned from their wicked ways and turned to God.  The king of Nineveh ordered every person and even animals to fast.  Yes, even the king rose from his royal throne, took off his royal robes, put on sackcloth, sat down in the dust and ordered everyone to fast and call urgently on God.  As a result, the people of Nineveh repented and God spared the city.  Amazing!!! God can work in powerful ways even though our witness may be brief.

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