The book of Jonah is one of the twelve books known as the Minor Prophets. While the book is located in the midst of the prophetical books, it is actually a history, rather than a prophecy, in that it contains only one line of prediction, and that is, ‚ÄúYet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!‚ÄĚ (3:4). The remaining portion of the book contains a historical account of a wayward Jewish prophet, who was commissioned by God to preach to a Gentile city, which was an enemy of the Jewish nation. It records Jonah‚Äôs initial disobedience and the events that surrounded that disobedience. He then moves into a reluctant obedience, but even then he is dissatisfied with what God brings to pass. In the process Jonah would be delivered from the belly of a great fish and exposed to the heart of a great God who loves to pardon sinners.
In the midst of some mysterious and complex books of prophecy comes this little plain and pleasant story that is easy to read, and which provides ‚Äúmilk for babes.‚ÄĚ Far too many people come away from the book remembering Jonah and the fish (whale), and miss the theme of the book, which is ‚Äúthe great love which God has for sinners.‚ÄĚ As Pastor Gables takes you through Jonah‚Äôs journey, may you also be filled with that same love.
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