I've been working through Jonah this week, and I think I want to start a little series here as I find some great applications. This is an awesome book. Sure, I've heard of the fish, read it a thousand times, and even watched the Veggie Tales movie; but for some reason there's some fresh things I'm seeing in here.
So I guess every now and then, when I find something new, I'll post a little message on Jonah, and we can journey through it together.
First let me challenge you to read through the whole book. You need to get a comprehensive feel for what's going on. It's only 4 chapters, so it won't take you 15 minutes to read completely. And then…let's go back through and see what's really going on.
Jonah is a prophetic book. It's listed as one of the prophets, and really I have no idea why. There's not much prophecy in the book at all, but I suppose since Jonah was a prophet it's thought to be one of 'those.'
The first part is interesting, "The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." (Jonah 1:1-2)
So God came to Jonah and told him to go and preach against the wickedness in Nineveh.
It's a command.
It's the word from God.
The first couple of verses introduce both Jonah and Nineveh, so one might ask, "What's going on here?"
Jonah was a great man of God.
Nineveh was populated by the Assyrian empire.
Jonah was given an order.
Nineveh was wicked beyond belief. Actually the Assyrian Empire was one of the longest held empires in history. For over 2000 years the Assyrians ruled, and they perfected the art of being a vicious empire.
Jonah was supposed to just obey God.
Nineveh was going to get a decree from the Lord.
I started thinking….
If I was Jonah, and God asked me to go somewhere wicked like Nineveh, would I go?
What is my response when God tries to clearly communicate a plan to me?
What would you do?
There's plenty to talk about here, but I think the main point is God told Jonah to go, what's Jonah's Response?
We'll see in the next Jonah post.