Jonah Chapter 1 :2 Go to “Nineveh”
In Old testament ,one of the shortest book in Holy Bible is Jonah.
He is a famous character, and a prophet .He lived long time ago, even to day we can absorb some lessons from his life and experiences.
His name find in New testament also In St: Mathew 12 : 40 Jesus said “ As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the son of man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth“ What Jesus meant was the son of man too would be put to death and held in the bowels
Of earth three days and then God will arise Him from the dead .Jesus said that is a greatest sign of his death and resurrection.
Nineveh was a city exceedingly corrupt, with sin they associated a religion involve with sex .They did not know God.
God had invite Jonah to go to Nineveh because the behavior of the people in that city made very dissatisfied. God had a compassion on them .If they possessed some kind of knowledge of true God it is unelaborated.
Here is God Loving father, who wishes to save a city from destruction.
When God had invite Jonah to go to Nineveh
In Chapter 4 verse 2 says
Jonah prayed to the Lord and said,
” I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.”
Nineveh was about five hundred miles away from Jonah’s home town.
But God commissioned Jonah to Nineveh and tell them to repent.Some reasons why Jonah reluctant to go to Nineveh may be journey is most difficult, those days no transport available had to walk or on camel .Task given to him by God was very difficult.
Jonah Ch1 : 3 – 11 says,
3But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and such a mighty storm came upon the sea that the ship threatened to break up. 5Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried to his god. They threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten it for them. Jonah, meanwhile, had gone down into the hold of the ship and had lain down, and was fast asleep. 6The captain came and said to him, ‘What are you doing sound asleep? Get up, call on your god! Perhaps the god will spare us a thought so that we do not perish.’
.7 The sailors* said to one another, ‘Come, let us cast lots, so that we may know on whose account this calamity has come upon us.’ So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8Then they said to him, ‘Tell us why this calamity has come upon us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?’ 9‘I am a Hebrew,’ he replied. ‘I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.’ 10Then the men were even more afraid, and said to him, ‘What is this that you have done!’ For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them so.
11 Then they said to him, ‘What shall we do to you, that the sea may quieten down for us?’ For the sea was growing more and more tempestuous. 12He said to them, ‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea;
Now we saw that Jonah deliberately chose to go to the wrong way.
But we may go wrong way without knowingly.
Very often we cannot hear God speaking to us when we are trying to
making an important decision.
There are instance we come across a junction where there two roads and we do not know which will lead to Nineveh and which to Tarshish.
Before taking a decision Pray “ Lord I have to make a important decision ,to day therefore let me stay more hours with you in prayers.
Definitely you will guide to right path to “ Nineveh”.