The mercy of God towards the people of Nineveh makes Jonah angry. Jonah delivered the message, but Scripture does not state if he gave assistance or encouragement.
In verses 1-4:
For what reason did Jonah turn out to be so furious when God saved Nineveh? The Jews would have rather not shared God's message with the Gentile country during Jonah's day, similarly as in Paul's day (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16). They failed to remember their unique reason as a country, to be a gift to the remainder of the world by sharing God's message with different countries (Genesis 22:18). Jonah believed that God ought not to give his salvation to a fiendish barbarian country. However, this is actually how he helps all who come to him today in confidence.
Jonah was furious that God had saved Nineveh. He failed to remember that God had pardoned his own wrongdoing of insubordination and had saved his life. How much better it would have been having he celebrated that the miscreants had repented of their sins and received the atonement (Luke 15:10).
Jonah uncovers the justification behind his hesitance to go to Nineveh (1:3). He did not want the Ninevites pardoned; he wanted them obliterated. Jonah did not comprehend that the God of Israel is additionally the God of the entire world. Is it safe to say that we are astonished when some individuals that we do not expect to go to God? Is it conceivable that our view is about as thin as Jonah's? We should not fail to remember that truly, we do not merit being pardoned by God.
Jonah had run from the responsibility of conveying God's message of obliteration to Nineveh (1:2-3); presently he wanted to die in light of the fact that the annihilation would not occur. How rapidly Jonah showed forgetfulness of God's benevolence toward him when he was in the fish (2:9-10). He was cheerful when God saved him, however furious when Nineveh was saved. However, Jonah was learning an important example about God's benevolence and pardoning. God's absolution was not just for Jonah or for Israel alone, it expands unto all who believe and repent.
Jonah was more worried about his own standing than God's. He realized that assuming that the people repented, none of his alerts to Nineveh would work out. This would humiliate him, despite the fact that it would give greatness to God. Might it be said that we are keener on gaining appreciation and glory for God or for ourselves?
In verses 5-11:
God had ministered carefully to Jonah, similarly as he did to Nineveh and to Israel, and like he as to us. He might have obliterated Jonah for his resistant resentment, yet above it all, he delicately showed him something new. Assuming we submit to and obey God's Word, he will tenderly lead us. His unforgiving judgment is held for the people who continue in insubordination.
In verse nine, Jonah resented the passing of the plant, yet not over what might have happened to Nineveh. A sizable portion of us have cried at the passing of a pet or when a sentimental item with is broken, yet have we cried over the way that a companion does not know God? Why does it seem that it is so natural to be more thoughtful of our own concerns than to the spiritual requirements of individuals around us?
Once in a while, some individuals wish that judgment and annihilation would happen upon corrupt people whose insidiousness, they think requires quick discipline. In any case, God is more forgiving than we can envision. He has compassion and mercy for those sinners that we want to be judged, and he prepares plans to carry them to himself. What is our mentality toward the people who are particularly evil? Do we want them to be punished? Or then again do we wish that they could encounter God's benevolence and absolution?
God saved the mariners when they prayed for benevolence. God saved Jonah when he had prayed from inside of the fish. God saved the individuals of Nineveh when they had reacted to the preached Word that Jonah delivered. God answers the petitions of the individuals who call upon him. God will forever work his will, and he wants that all people come to him, that they all trust in him, and that all are to be saved. We can be saved if we heed the warnings that God sends to us in his Word. If we respond to God’s Word in obedience, he will be benevolent and merciful, and we will not receive his judgment.
Now Jonah fulfills his mission as he preaches at Nineveh.
In verses 1-3:
Jonah had disregarded God and opposed him, however, God actually showed him sympathy. At the point when we disregard God, he might chastise us, yet he will, in any case, show empathy and pardon us assuming we abandon our wrongdoings.
Jonah fled from God, yet he was allowed a second opportunity to partake in God's work. We might feel that we are excluded from serving God due to some previous mishaps. Nevertheless, serving God is anything but a procured position. Not a solitary one of us fits the bill for the service of God, yet he actually requests that we complete his work. We may yet get another opportunity.
Jonah was to preach just what God told him, a message of destruction to the most impressive city on the planet. This was not the best task, but the individuals who carry God's Word to others ought not let prevalent burdens or feeling of dread toward others direct their words. They are called to preach God's message and his truth, regardless of how disliked it could be.
The Hebrew text sees no difference amongst the city appropriate and the regulatory locale of Nineveh which was around 30 to 60 miles across. The walls of the city were something like eight miles in boundary, obliging a populace of around 175,000 individuals. An incredibly extraordinary city, it required three days to simply stroll through it.
In verses 4-9:
God's message is for everybody, all of humanity. Notwithstanding the insidiousness of the Ninevite public, they were receptive to God's message, and they repented of their sins right away. In the event that we just basically announce what we know of God, we would be amazed at the number of individuals that will actually listen.
In verse 10:
The unbelieving individuals of Nineveh accepted Jonah's message and apologized. What a supernatural impact that God's Word had on these malevolent people. Their apology remained as a distinct difference to Israel's hardheadedness. The people of Israel had heard many messages from the prophets, yet they would not atone. The people of Nineveh simply heard God's message once. Jesus said that at Judgment Day, these Ninevites will ascend to censure the Israelites for their inability to apologize (Matthew 12:39-41). It is not our becoming aware of God's Word that satisfies him, yet our reacting loyally to it.
God reacted in leniency by dropping the punishment that he would deliver. God himself said that any country on which he articulated judgment would be saved assuming they atoned (Jeremiah 18:7-8). God pardoned Nineveh similarly as he had excused Jonah. God's reason to mete out judgment is to correct the wrongs that people have committed, not as vengeance. He is dependably prepared to show empathy to anybody ready to look for him and come to him with a repenting heart.
Fear the God – Respect 2:1-9
At the beginning of chapter 1, we see Jonah as The Protesting Prophet. He did not want to go to Nineveh as directed by God. It is noted in verse three that he “rose up to flee…from the Presence of the Lord.” Jonah had sinned by running from God. However, we can see that although Jonah had sinned, the sailors prayed to God and were spared. Now we come to chapter two where Jonah prays from inside the great fish.
In verses 1-7:
This is a petition for thanksgiving, not a supplication for liberation. Jonah was grateful that he had not drowned. He was conveyed in a most staggering manner and was overpowered that he had gotten away from an unavoidable death. Indeed, even from inside the fish, God heard Jonah’s petition. We can pray no matter where we are at and whenever, and God will hear us. Our wrongdoing is never too incredible nor is our issue ever excessively hard for God to deal with.
Jonah said, "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord" (2:7). We regularly act the same way. When life is working out in an effective way, we will more often than not underestimate God, yet when we lose trust in our life, we then shout out to him. This sort of relationship with God can result in just a conflicting spiritual life. A steady everyday dedication to God advances a strong relationship with him. We are to look to God during both the great and the terrible occasions, and we will have a more grounded spiritual life.
In verses 8-10:
The individuals who worship false idols are forsaking any expected leniency from the Lord. Any object that we put our devotion in that replaces God is a lying vanity. We mislead ourselves with something that is foolish and empty. We should ensure that nothing assumes God's legitimate position in our lives.
Jonah was clearly not in a situation to make a deal with God. In lieu, he expressed gratitude toward God for saving his life. Our inconveniences should cause us to stick firmly to God, and not try to negotiate a deal to get out of the torment. We can give thanks to him and offer our praise to him for how he has helped us by his mercy and grace, and for loving toward us.
It took a supernatural occurrence of liberation to get Jonah to do as God had told him to do. As a prophet, he was committed to submit to God's Word, however, he had attempted to get away from his obligations. He currently swore to keep his promises.
Jonah's story started with a misfortune, yet a more noteworthy misfortune would have occurred assuming God had permitted him to continue to run. When we realize that God wants us to accomplish something, we ought not to run. God may not stop and help us as he did with Jonah.
Fear of God – Scared 1:3
Jonah sinned and ran from God; the sailors were spared and came to God.
In verses 1-3
Jonah is referenced in 2 Kings 14:25. He prophesied during the rule of Jeroboam II, the king of Israel from 703-753 B.C. He might have been one of the youthful prophets of the school referenced regarding Elisha's service (2 Kings 2:3).
Jonah was called by God to preach to Nineveh, the main city in Assyria, the rising force of Jonah's day. Within 50 years, Nineveh would turn into the capital of the immense Assyrian Empire. Jonah does not say a lot regarding Nineveh's underhandedness, yet the prophet Nahum gives us more understanding. He says that Nineveh was at real fault for fiendish plots against God (Nahum 1:9), abuse of the vulnerable (Nahum 2:12), savagery in war (Nahum 2:12-13), prostitution, idolatry, and black magic (witchcraft) (Nahum 3:4). God advised Jonah to go to Nineveh, around 500 miles upper east of Israel, to caution of judgment and to announce that there would be benevolence and pardoning assuming that the people of Nineveh would repent.
Nineveh was a strong and underhanded city. Jonah grew up despising the Assyrians and dreading their barbarities. His contempt was so deep that he did not want them to accept God's kindness. Jonah was really apprehensive that the people would actually repent (4:2-3). Jonah's demeanor is illustrative of Israel's hesitance to impart God's affection and leniency to other people, despite the fact that this was their undeniable mission (Genesis 12:3). The Israelites, similar to Jonah, did not want non-Jews (Gentiles) to acquire God's approval.
Jonah was apprehensive. He realized that God had a particular occupation for him to do, however, he would have rather not done it. When God directs us through his Word, some of the time we run in dread, stating that God is asking a lot from us. Dread made Jonah run. In any case, running caused him problems. Eventually, he learned that it is ideal to do what God asks to begin with. Be that as it may, by then he had addressed an exorbitant cost for running. It is far superior to comply from the beginning.
In verses 4-7
Prior to their arrival and settling in the Promised Land, the Israelites had lived a nomadic life. They meandered from one spot to another, looking for pastures that were good for their flocks. In spite of the fact that they were not a nautical group, the area along the Mediterranean Sea and the adjoining sea powers of Phoenicia and Philistia permitted a lot of contact with ships and mariners. The ship that Jonah sailed on was presumably a huge exchanging vessel with a deck.
Jonah's noncompliance to God imperiled the existence of the ship’s crew. We have an extraordinary obligation to comply with God's Word in light of the fact that our wrongdoing and defiance will hurt others around us.
While the tempest seethed, Jonah was snoozing soundly in the ship’s hold. Indeed, even as he ran from God, he obviously did not harbor a feeling of remorse. Yet, the shortfall of culpability is not dependably a gauge of whether we are making the wisest decision. Since we can deny reality, we cannot gauge submission by our sentiments. All things considered; we should contrast what we do with God's principles for living.
The ship’s crew cast lots (like drawing straws) to track down the blameworthy individual by depending on their strange superstitious notions to offer them the response. Their framework worked, however simply because God stepped in to tell Jonah that he was unable to run from him.
In verses 8-12
You cannot look for God's adoration and run from him simultaneously. Jonah before long understood that regardless of where he went, he was unable to move away from God. However, before Jonah could get back to God, he needed to quit fleeing from him. We ought to ask ourselves, what has God advised us to do? Assuming that we want a greater amount of God's affection and power, we should complete the obligations that he gives us. We cannot say that we really trust in God if we decline to do what he says to do.
Jonah realized that he had rebelled and that the tempest was his shortcoming, however, he said nothing until the ship’s crew cast lots and the part fell on him (1:7). Then, at that point, he was able to give his life to save the mariners (in spite of the fact that he had done likewise for Nineveh). Jonah's disdain for the Assyrians had an impact on his point of view.
In verses 13-17
By attempting to save Jonah's life, the pagan mariners showed more sympathy than Jonah, for Jonah would have rather not cautioned the individuals of Nineveh of the coming judgment of God. Believers ought to be embarrassed when unbelievers show more concern and empathy than they do. God wants us to be more compassionate about all of humanity, the lost and the saved.
Jonah had resisted God. While he was fleeing, he halted and submitted to God. Then, at that point, the ship’s crew started to revere God since they saw the tempest calm down. God can utilize even our missteps to help other people come to know him. It very well might be agonizing yet conceding our wrongdoings can be a strong guide to the people who do not know God. It is quite peculiar that the agnostic mariners did what the whole country of Israel would not do, implored God, and promised to serve him.
Many have attempted to rationalize this inexplicable event, yet the Bible does not portray it as a fantasy or a legend. We ought not to rationalize this supernatural occurrence as though we could single out which of the wonders in the Bible that we want to accept and which ones we do not. This sort of demeanor permits us to scrutinize any piece of the Bible, making us lose our confidence in it as God's valid and dependable Word. What Jonah experienced, foreshadowed what Christ would go through as a demonstration of his death and resurrection (Matthew 12:39-40).
Jonah 1:1 – 4:11
The purpose of the book of Jonah is to show the degree of the grace of God, that the message of salvation is for all individuals. This book is not quite the same as the other prophetic books since it recounts the tale of the prophet and does not fixate on his predictions. Indeed, just one verse sums up his message to the individuals of Nineveh (3:4). Jonah is a recorded account. It is additionally referenced by Jesus as an image of his passing and resurrection (Matthew 12:38-42).
Sin runs amuck throughout our society. We can pick up any newspaper and read the numerous stories of murders, child abuse, terrorism, sexual sins (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9), pornography; the world is full of hatred, violence, and evil. Can we not see that God’s judgment is coming? What if God called us to begin preaching about the sin and the judgment to come?
This assignment was given to Jonah. This book is about that story.
God calls Jonah to do a job, preach unto the citizens of Nineveh regarding their sin, that they should repent and turn to God or face destruction. Jonah knew of God’s mercy and grace and knew that God had the capacity to heal and forgive, but Jonah hated the Assyrians and wanted vengeance to put upon them. Jonah sinned and ran in the opposite direction from God. How many of us have been given a task from God yet we decided to run from that task?
Jonah makes it to the seaport and hops aboard a ship. A vast storm approaches and the sailors, superstitious as they are, cast lots to determine who the culprit is. The lot falls upon Jonah. The sailors are afraid and ask what is to be done. Jonah tells them to cast him into the sea so that they would be spared. They did just that, and in doing so, they began to believe on God. Jonah was then swallowed by a great fish, and there he remained for three days and nights.
The Explanation and Importance of Jonah
Albeit the prophet attempted to flee from God, but God was in charge. By controlling the turbulent oceans and an extraordinary fish, God showed his outright, yet cherishing direction. Rather than running from God, we should confide in him with our past, present, and future life. Denying God rapidly prompts calamity and tragedy. Saying yes brings a new comprehension of God and his intention on the planet.
God's News to all the Earth:
God had given Jonah a reason and a motive, to lecture the incomparable Assyrian city of Nineveh. Jonah abhorred Nineveh; thus, he reacted with outrage and impassion. Jonah still could not seem to comprehend that God cherishes all individuals. Through Jonah, God helped Israel to remember their purpose.
We should not restrict our attention to only our own people. God calls his people to announce his adoration in words and activities to the entire world. He wants us to be his ministers at any place that we are at, and at any place that he sends us to.
At the point when the hesitant minister went to Nineveh, there was an incredible reaction. Individuals apologized and went to God. This was a strong reproach to Israel who thought themselves better but would not react to God's message. God will pardon every one of the people who abandon their wrongdoing.
God does not respect those who are playacting or who are impostors. He wants the true commitment of every individual. It is not to the point of sharing the honors of Christianity; we should request that God pardon us and to eliminate our transgression. Declining to apologize is equivalent to cherishing our wrongdoing.
God's message of affection and absolution was not for the Jews alone. God cherishes each individual of the world. The Assyrians did not merit it, however God saved them when they repented. In his benevolence, God did not dismiss Jonah for cutting short his main goal. God has incredible love, tolerance, and pardoning.
God adores every one of us even though when we fall short. In any case, he additionally adores others, including those not of our societal gathering, foundation, race, or category. When we acknowledge his affection, we should likewise learn how to acknowledge those whom he adores. If we love God first and foremost, then it is a lot more straightforward to cherish others.
When an evil empire displayed its power before God and the world through various demonstrations of inhumane mercilessness, that is when Jonah heard God instruct him to proceed to call the people to repent for their sins.
In verses 1-3:
God called Jonah to do a work in Nineveh, an important city of that timeframe. However, the prophet Nahum states that the people of Nineveh were blameworthy of evil plots against God, taking advantage of the vulnerable, heartless in war, prostitution, idolatry, and black magic. Jonah hated the people and their wickedness, but he refused to go because he did not want God to forgive them and was afraid that the people might repent.
Jonah's attitude was similar to the attitude of the nation of Israel. The Israelites did not want to share God's mercies to non-Jews, nor receive His favor. So, what does Jonah do? He left the presence of the Lord - he ran, he paid the ship fare - the cost of sin, and he went down into the ship - he was hiding.
When God gives us directions through his Word, some of us have run away in fear and dread, saying that God is asking too much of us. Dread made Jonah run. In any case, running pushed him into more terrible problems. At last, he comprehended and understood that it is better to do what God asks us to do to begin with. However, by then, he had followed through on an exorbitant cost for running. It is far superior to obey from the very beginning. (Nahum 1:9, 2:12- 13, 3:4; 2 Kings 14:25; Matthew 12:39-41; Genesis 3:8)
In verse 4-7:
Jonah's defiance to God jeopardized the lives of the ship's crew. While the tempest seethed, Jonah was snoozing away down in the ship's hold; he thought that all was well. He did not realize that his sin also affected others; it caused trouble for those around him. Indeed, even as he ran from God, he obviously did not have a feeling of remorse. In any case, the nonattendance of blame (lack of guilt) is not a constant indicator of whether we are doing right.
Even though we can deny reality, we cannot quantify defiance by our feelings. Rather, we should contrast what we do and God's models for living. We have an extraordinary duty to obey God's Word, because our transgression and noncompliance will hurt others around us. Sin will cause storms and our lives to be unstable. The ship's crew cast lots (dice) to find the blameworthy (guilty) individual, depending on their superstitions to offer them a response. Their method worked, yet simply because God interceded to tell Jonah he was unable to run from Him. (Psalms 107:28; Jeremiah 2:28)
In verse 8-12:
Before long, Jonah understood that regardless of where he went, he was unable to escape from God. In any case, before Jonah could come back to God, he needed to stop fleeing from God. Jonah realized he had resisted and that he was the reason for the tempest, yet he did not utter a single word until the crew made their bets and the lot fell on him.
But we see that Jonah was willing to give his life to spare the mariners, even though he had refused to do likewise for the individuals of Nineveh. Jonah's scorn for the Assyrians had influenced his point of view.
We cannot look for God's affection and run from him at the same time. What has God instructed us to do? If we need a greater amount of God's affection and power, we should be happy to complete the duties He gives us. We cannot state that we genuinely trust God if we do not do what He says.
In verses 13-17:
By attempting to spare Jonah's life, the pagan mariners demonstrated more sympathy and compassion than Jonah. Jonah did not want to caution the individuals of Nineveh of the coming judgment of God. Believers ought to be embarrassed when unbelievers show more concern and empathy than they do. God wants us to get have more concern about His people, lost and saved.
Jonah had resisted God. While he was fleeing, he halted and submitted to God. The boats crew started to revere God since they saw the tempest calm down. God can utilize even our missteps to help other people come to know Him. It might be excruciating, however conceding our transgressions can be a ground-breaking guide to the individuals who do not know God. How paradoxical that the pagan mariners did what the whole country of Israel would not do - appealed to God and promised to serve Him.
Many have attempted to clarify away this inexplicable occasion, yet the Bible does not describe it as a fantasy or a legend. We ought not clarify away this supernatural occurrence as though we could single out which of the marvels in the Bible we want to accept and which ones we do not want to accept. This sort of demeanor permits us to scrutinize any piece of the Bible, making us lose our trust in it as God's actual and solid Word. Christ utilized Jonah's experience himself as a representation of his death and resurrection. (Psalms 89:9; 66:13-14; Matthew 12:39-41)
God is inescapable for an individual or a nation. (Numbers 32:23; Romans 6:23)
Sin had made Jonah look like the world. The sin that was in Jonah's life caused the ship to toss about, it rocked the boat. That is what happens when we run from God, we begin to look like the sin in the world and then people do not see Christ shining through us.