|When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.|
|And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.|
Jonah is a fascinating story of redemption. The most interesting thing to me is that the city of Nineveh repents, but Jonah does not! "But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry." (Jonah 4:1)
Nineveh was known as a place of unspeakable darkness. Yet the king sees his wicked ways and God stays his hand of judgment. This act of mercy causes Jonah to become angry with God. Yet even in his self-righteous temper tantrum, God's mercy tries to reason with Jonah.
This story points to another time much later when Jesus would come to the world and challenge both the sin of wickedness and the sin of self-righteousness. And just like Jonah's day, the wicked were more prone to change than the religious!
Today's commentary by: Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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