In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Jonah 1-4… we are introduced to the prophet, Jonah. Jonah was a real person, and his story really happened.
God sent Jonah to be a prophet of warning to the capital of Assyria… the wicked city, Nineveh. The Assyrians hated Jews. And, in Jonah’s case, the feeling seems to have been mutual. Jonah would rather God destroy the Ninevites than to extend grace by giving them the opportunity to repent.
Jonah’s story is really a story of God’s grace… to the wicked Assyrians, but also to the prophet Jonah. Jonah was a rebellious servant, but God forgave him… and used him… and carefully worked with him to help him overcome his anger.
The star of the book of Jonah is not the prophet named Jonah… nor the big fish that would swallow him for 3 days; the star of Jonah’s book is God. In fact, God is mentioned 38 times in the book!
The book asks us an important question: “How do you respond to the Word of God and the will of God?”