Jonah 1:1-3 – Jonah was asked to go to the enemy of the Israelites to preach a message that would call them to repentance
In this famous story, we all know that Jonah didn’t want to go. He went the furthest he could in the opposite direction. God brought Jonah back through the most inconceivable way possible– via the belly of a fish.
Jonah did not want to see them repent. He wanted them punished for who they were. He believed he had righteous indignation against these opponents of the chosen people.
God wanted to show mercy.
What would you do?
We are probably more like Jonah. It’s easy to tell people that we like about the Gospel. It’s hard to tell our enemies that Jesus loves them and that they need salvation. God wants us to tell the world of His love, and more often than not, it’s the weak of this world that hear and follow than those that have confidence in themselves.
And there are plenty of modern day Jonah’s waging holy war against those they believe have the wrong view on all sorts of issues. They believe that if God won’t take care of it, then they certainly will take the fight to them. And yet God saved the people of Ninevah, and He cares about that person online or in person that you disagree with. His call is to repent, turn from sin and get right with Him.