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Jonah preached as he was commanded, but he did not rejoice that the Ninevites were saved. He had been whipped into preaching to the people of Nineveh, but his own personal attitude toward the people of the city remained unchanged. Instead of being pleased and praising God for His grace to Nineveh and for the success of his ministry, Jonah was very angry (v. 1). He told God that he knew from the beginning He wouldn’t destroy Nineveh and that is the reason he headed for Spain (v. 2).
Perhaps Jonah’s pride was hurt because he had become the laughing stock of the people. His reputation as a prophet was damaged and he would be ridiculed for prophesying something that did not occur. However, it is more likely that his basic problem stemmed from his personal hatred of Nineveh and the Ninevites. He was still afflicted with a false Jewish nationalism and hatred of all non-Jews and especially the Assyrians. He knew that Assyria was Israel’s bitter enemy, and he could not reconcile himself to warning these people of God’s wrath.
If I tend to feel angry because things are not going my way I need to take my eyes off myself and put them on the Lord and think about how I can help others.
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live." And the LORD said, "Do you do well to be angry?" Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
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Jonah 1:1-9Jonah’s Disobedience
Jonah 1:10-17The Storm at Sea
Jonah 2:1-10Jonah’s Prayer and Deliverance
Jonah 3:1-4Jonah Preaches At Nineveh
Jonah 3:5-10The People of Nineveh Believe
Jonah 4:1-5Jonah Gets Angry
Jonah 4:6-11God Ministered to Jonah