Again, no answer. The Lord asked Jonah a question: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v. 4). And he gave the Lord no answer. Why not? Well, it appears that Jonah had settled in for a show. He had gone out and made himself comfortable at a place east of the city.
He made himself a shelter and, hope beyond hope, was waiting to see what would happen to the city. He still had visions of destruction dancing in his head, wishing that God would again change His mind and bring the prophesied judgment to Nineveh.
We read that “he waited to see what would happen to the city.” (v. 5) Why would Jonah expect God’s judgment to fall on repentant Nineveh? ‘Cause he wanted that to happen!
We get things so mixed up, don’t we? We ask for God’s mercy on those who don’t repent and want God’s judgment on those who do. But God provides exactly what we need, as Jonah is soon to find out! (to be continued)