The Book Of Jonah

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Jonah worked in the early in the reign of Jeroboam II., and was contemporary with Hosea and Amos, but it’s possible he came before them. As with most of the Old Testament prophets, all we know about him and his personal life comes from the book itself. We know that he was sent on a mission trip by God to Nineveh. There’s no doubt that Jonah loved his people, his fellow Israelites, but he does appear to have a problem with loving other nations.

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Jonah’s name means ‘dove’, his father was Amittai who was a prophet from Gath Hepher. He was the first prophet after the death of Elisha to the Northern Kingdom is Israel and he was a successful in his mission in telling the people of the Northern Kingdom how the territory would expand and would become prosperous under Jeroboam. Complete Study Of The Book Of Jonah

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Jonah is commanded to go to Nineveh. The Ninevites were notorious for their wickedness and the way they treated their enemies, they impaled people on walls and trees, they led prisoners in chains and hooks through their noses and other parts of the body.

Maybe we can understand why Jonah himself was hesitant in going there in the first place. Jonah 1

It appears the only thing that will bring Jonah to his senses is being inside this great fish.

It’s here he confesses his sins and promises that he will be obedient to God. Whilst being entangled in seaweed, He thanks God for saving him from dying in the sea. Jonah 2

After being vomiting out of the mouth of the great fish and landing on dry land, God once again commands Jonah to go to the great city of Nineveh.

I’m sure as Jonah arrived at the city, he would have been overwhelmed with the size of the place, the huge fortifies walls, the imposing temple within and the great many people who lived there. Jonah 3

It appears that Jonah’s hatred for the Assyrians was getting in the way of trusting God and His plans.

To him it didn’t make any sense, it was so wrong and so, he became angry with God, the good news is that he took the time to pray to God about the way he was feeling. Jonah 4


"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

1 John 1:9