“But to Jonah this seemed very wrong . . .” Jonah is morally outraged that God would forgive the Ninevites! Jonah is elevating his sense of morality above God Himself! He is the one doing the judging — and he’s judging GOD! And Jonah’s certainty that God has made a huge mistake leads Jonah to become furious with the Lord.
What do you do when you are furious? Maybe throw a temper tantrum (as we saw in our last post). Maybe go and sulk in the corner somewhere. Not Jonah. He prays! He speaks to the Lord and he voices his disgust at God’s decision not to judge the Ninevites.
What is the content of Jonah’s prayer? “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home?” So, Jonah apparently talked to the Lord when he first got his assignment to go to Nineveh. Jonah chapter 1 doesn’t give us details of that conversation, and maybe Jonah means something like “that is exactly what I thought when I was still at home.”
He then explains why he fled to Tarshish — Jonah knew something of God’s character. And Jonah knew God would be true to His own character. And Jonah hated that. (to be continued)
(to be continued)