Jonah, A Prophet Or A Psycho Or Both?
God is in the habit of giving humans a second chance to right every wrong. Unfortunately, most humans don't operate in that realm.
After Jonah had effectively carried out his assignment of prophesying doom to the people of Nineveh, the people of Nineveh repented of their sins and God forgave them. This angered Jonah a great deal.
Jonah 4:1 "Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled at God." *Who dare yells at God? lol
In sincerity of heart, Jonah affirmed that God was sheer grace and mercy even though he further continued with his rant...
Jonah 4:3 "So God, if you won't kill them, kill me! I'm better off dead!" *What a bizarre statement to utter.
God went on to ask him what he was angry about, but he ignored God and left.
Jonah wasn't a stable man as evidenced, he was bipolar. But well, God's ways are not the ways of man, He chooses whosoever he wishes to proclaim His gospel and His choices are perfect. He is also in the habit of using nobodies and making them somebodies. (Romans 9:25, I'll call nobodies and make them somebodies).
God eventually taught Jonah a lesson of a lifetime.
Jonah 4:6 "God arranged for a broad-leafed tree to spring up. It grew over Jonah to cool him off and get him out of his angry sulk. Jonah was pleased and enjoyed the shade. Life was looking up."
But then again...
Jonah 4:7 "God sent a worm. By dawn of the next day, the worm had bored into the shade tree and it withered it away."
The hot blistering sun made its way through the opening and beat Jonah's head that he began to faint. He prayed to die.
God used a practical example to teach him about the need to imbibe the virtue of love, forgiveness and perseverance towards others.
Jonah 4:10-11, "God said, what's this? How is it that you can change your feelings from pleasure to anger overnight about a mere shade of tree that you did nothing to get? You neither planted nor watered it. So why can't I change my feeling from anger to pleasure over this big city without about 120,000 child-like people ignorant of the gospel?
Lesson learnt by Jonah? Most definitely.
*You see, "badbele" is allowed. People wish others bad forgetting how God rescued them and gave them a second chance. Jonah would have been happier watching the whole city of Nineveh destroyed by God? What wickedness! Smh! Well, God looked beyond Jonah's ignorance and taught him "Anger Management" lessons instead.
It was a long read right? Trust it was entirely worth it.
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