The God of Infinite Chances (Jonah 3)

The third chapter of Jonah opens with these words: “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time.” In the first two chapters we read about Jonah running from God. He does not want to be God’s prophet. He wants to quit God and be done with it all. However, God has sent a storm which has led to the sailors throwing Jonah overboard. Rather than repenting, Jonah would rather drown. However, the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah where he remained for three days and three nights. We saw that Jonah is on the seafloor and his life is fading away when the fish comes and rescues Jonah. Jonah remembered the Lord, turned his heart toward the Lord, and proclaimed that he will offer sacrifices of thanksgiving. Chapter 2 ends with the Lord speaking to the fish and the fish vomiting Jonah out on the to the land. This is the setting for what we read in Jonah 3…

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