Such a great book about loving your enemies. So well told.
How good a starting place is Jonah’s attempt to escape his God-given mission?
How great an ironic picture of winding up with nothing but God is his prayer from the belly of a fish?
Then the rhetorical conclusion: aren’t you glad when I show mercy to your enemies? Your brutal oppressors? Sure I took away your umbrella, but that’s not the important thing here …is it?
I LOVE THIS BOOK. What it shows of God’s patience and mercy.
To the wicked… and to those who supposedly love him. To the proud: Jonah, and anyone prepared to be humbled: king of Nineveh.
So gentle, so funny really. Ending with God’s lesson in how to preach to the converted: just ask questions.
Its comes back to me often, it’s a really acutely clear, easy to follow yet nuanced, counterintuitive, revelation about God’s love.
4 Jonah, camped out for the schadenfreude show of Israel’s enemies destroyed, instead witnesses mercy plus God kills the plant giving him shade! Ends with God rhetorically questioning his ‘right’ to anger