Jonah is one of the quirkiest stories in the Bible. But it wasn’t until I grew older that I learned just HOW quirky. And it isn’t just the whole eaten-by-a-fish thing that I’m talking about.
For one, Jonah was sent to preach repentance to the Assyrians at Ninevah, a group of people known to be beyond-the-pale cruel and inhumane (Just look up how they executed their enemies. On second thought, don’t).
And yet, when Jonah’s fish spits him up on land and he goes dripping into Ninevah, the Assyrian people actually believe what he says, and they all repent and are saved, right away, thousands of them. Just goes to show that when you give people a chance, they can always surprise you…
Men, keep yourselves and your families from bread
Maybe God will have mercy on us when
We get down on our knees and repent
Put on sackcloth and scatter ashes, then,
Upon your heads, perhaps God yet
Will still relent, and will not send down
His terror, wrath and destruction the prophet said, to us
Related Bible Verse(s)
6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
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