Aug 24 - I am Jonah - Nineveh's Repentance

In chapter 3, Jonah finally reaches Nineveh, but there is something obstinate in his obedience. His sermon is 8 words (5 in Hebrew). Nevertheless, it transforms an entire city – from the king to the cattle. Hard hearts are softened and transformed. Jonah’s sermon is far from eloquent. There are no illustrations, no anecdotes, or jokes. Yet there is something altogether ‘other’ about Jonah’s message, something that motivates his hearers to repent and seek mercy from God. Despite Jonah’s lack of enthusiasm, God is able to use Jonah and his message to save the city of Nineveh.