Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

A Prophet, Pagans and Props

Jonah is a fascinating book, a masterpiece of literature, and a powerful illustration of God’s character.  Let’s look at the characters and their responses to God.

Jonah—a “prophet of God” with definite ideas of his own about what is and isn’t appropriate for him—or God!—to do.  (Ironically, he’s the only one in this story who would not cooperate!)

Pagans of two sorts—the ship’s crew and the inhabitants of Nineveh—who readily responded to God when confronted with His power.

Forces of nature (“props”) that did as they were told in order to fulfill the purposes of God—a huge fish, a leafy plant, a worm, and a hot east wind.  God used these to both give and remove His protection of Jonah.   

I do have to smile as I read about Jonah’s temper tantrum in chapter 4.  Like an unhappy two-year-old lashing out, trying to beat up on his longsuffering dad.

But God can take it.  His great heart shines through this whole story:

–Dealing patiently (though severely—who wants a ride in a fish’s belly?) with his rebellious servant.

–Sovereignly arranging the affairs of the world to accomplish His purposes.

–Loving and forgiving the wicked and the ignorant:  “Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals.  Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

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Comments on: "A Prophet, Pagans and Props" (1)

  1. Jonah is a great book that describes the character of Yahweh. Yahweh is full of compassion and mercy. The message to this world never wavers: Repent (turn back to Yahweh, get to know Him, and obey His righteousness) for the Kingdom of Yahweh is on it’s way. Yahweh bless.

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