Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Chapter 1 (C) The Prophet Jonah Message
(C) The Prophet Jonah
In the days of the prophet Jonah (about 800 B.C.) working with King Jeroboam, people became complacent and irresponsible, ignoring the real and present dangers around them, expecting God to work out their problems and destroy their enemies. The problem was that many of their challenges were not being obedient to His laws and commands, so the very reason why God was not helping them. The book is about human pride, prejudice, self-pity and God’s love and plan to have a loving relationship with him.
Particularly because God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh (an enemy capital) and preach against it because of their wickedness. Instead the prophet ran away, boarded a ship, sailing across the sea to Tarshish. Ultimately, God sent winds, violent storms, and the captain of the ship asked Jonah to call on God, and save them. He confessed that their predicament was his fault and to throw him in the sea. They didn’t want to be accountable for killing an innocent man, so asked the Lord to calm the seas, help them, but with no change in weather, obeyed. It is hard to believe, but the Bible says that the Lord provided a ‘great fish’ (whale) to swallow Jonah, who lived inside it for three days and three nights before being vomited onto the shore.
In the belly of the fish the prophet had to repent his actions and said “But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will make sacrifice to you. What I have vowed, I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.” So once rescued, went to Nineveh and convinced its king and the people to urgently call upon God, giving up their evil ways and violence, and that they would not be destroyed in God’s fierce anger. When God saw what they did, and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring destruction on them as he had threatened. (Jonah 2:1-3:10).