Thus, God saw their contrite hearts, had compassion on them and stayed the destruction he had threaten. It does not mean that God did something wrong and repented of it. They seems a little put out with their pastor because his heart went out to her in friendship. Some suppose that Jonah's deliverance by God from the great fish was the reason they responded. It was large enough that it took Jonah three days to journey through it. Historical accuracy Some scholars doubt the authenticity of the biblical narrative and the person of Jonah. Acts 14:17 Also, it was a rebuke to proud and self centered Israel who thought they the chosen people had eternal life as a birth right.
The… 1484 Words 6 Pages Catholic household was brought to salvation by a friend at the age of eighteen. But the commission that has been given to us is no less demanding than Jonah's, if we are Christians, and often our attempts to avoid it are no less determined than his were. When it was opened she saw the baby. Some believe this account is of his state in the fish's belly, but it could well be describing his sinking to the bottom of the sea before the fish swallowed him. To repent means to turn from sin.
Moreover, this passage reveals that repentance is a work, and since repentance is essential to salvation Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30 , it conclusively follows that salvation is not exclusive of all types of works! Resolutely, he perched himself on a hilltop nearby, eagerly watching the city in hopes that the Lord would yet destroy it. The mother made a little boat of bulrushes, covering it with tar. As long as things were going good for him Jonah did great. In Chapter 3 we read how God gives Jonah a second chance and instructs him to go to Nineveh and deliver the message he had given him. He confessed his disobedience and told God that he would accomplish the task that the Lord had called him to. Afterward Jonah was very upset that God would spare such a wicked city and that he would show mercy on the Gentiles non-Jews. I John 3:14 In reality, God in saving the Ninevites had made them Jonah's spiritual brothers.
By examining ourselves in Jonah's story, we can learn to trust God in His final decisions and give all our concerns to Him, while knowing that He desires to save every individual on Earth and reunite with them forever. Both Israel in the north and Judah in the south were practicing the sin of idolatry. If God saves the Gentiles, he thinks that will make the Hebrews less special to God. But Jonah would be damned literally before he would see God's blessing shed upon these enemies. Though she wanted her baby more than anything else in the world, Jochebed trusted the matter to God, allowing Him to do as He wished with her and the child.
Purpose of Writing: Disobedience and revival are the key themes in this book. So he fled to Tarshish. Folks, Jonah could have gone down into the city and found relief, yet he chose to sit in the hot sun and be roasted rather than admit he was wrong in his attitude toward God and the Ninevites. God taught Jonah an important lesson about his love and mercy for all mankind, by the lesson of the gourd. Jonah 1:4-7 Although Jonah slept peacefully after the ship had set sail, God was at work sending a great storm which threaten to destroy the vessel. The problem is not in with the Bible, but with man's ability to understand what he is reading.
In desperation, Jonah, turned to God, who he knew was there and sought for help. If Jonah had taken note of that wickedness and had refused to obey for that reason, this too would be understandable. The second word in God's description of the city is wickedness. But what was she to do? The Book of Jonah is an example that will be used to determine if this particular story describes an accurate recount of history, or if it teaches the readers a lesson. The Assyrians were extremely brutal and cruel, even skinning their captives alive. We may laugh at that, of course.
God in this case was shunning them and saving the most wicked nation on the face of the earth and Israel's arch enemy. Summary of Content In the introduction Mahaney prepares the reader about how intense this book is going to be. Exposition- Death introduces himself as the narrator. It was many years later before God did destroy Nineveh, and maybe we can speculate some as to what happened. These results are in verse three, that is, one verse before the one that tells of God's special intervention in sending the storm after Jonah's ship. But he will not force us, but will allow us to disobey and to reject his love. This is the love of which Paul speaks, which if a man has not, though he had the gift of prophecy, and could miraculously remove mountains.
However, lets look at the facts of the account. Pfeiffer, Moody Press, 1974, pg849 Second, as pretty as his prayer was thanking God for saving him in Chapter 2, he had little regard for the salvation of others. Jonah was a prophet, albeit a reluctant one. In verse 4 Jonah enters Nineveh and told the crowd of people that Nineveh would be destroyed in 40 days. It was a time when Israel was regaining some of its power and prosperity.
The true spiritual condition of Jonah's heart is revealed in the actions he took. They accepted Jonah as the prophet of God, and they repented. I recently heard a funny joke about the story of Jonah: A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales and how she had heard in Sunday School about how a whale had swallowed Jonah. A reluctant prophet, Jonah originally ran from God before delivering a message of repentance to the nation of Nineveh. Lockyer, 198 Although the Book of Jonah is quite short, just two and one-half pages, it is not short on themes. He also warned them of the end result of their rejection.
The prophet declared that the great city would be destroyed in forty days. Like the goodness of Ephraim and Judah, as the morning cloud, and early dew that passes away. He still wants the city destroyed. Practical Application: We cannot hide from God. The book also has recipes of some of the food that was mention in the story. This is accomplished by close and honest investigation of the account, and all related verses and then letting the evidence speak for its self.