And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said he would do unto them; and he did it not. – Jonah 3:10
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Forget the whale. The real message of Jonah is the what happens when people repent from evil actions. Repent, after all, means to turn, as in turning away. Moan and wail all you want; say you’re sorry. But do something to prove it, please.
And the people of Ninevah did, and God saved their city as a consequence.
But there is a stinger in the story. The prophet sent to Ninevah, a city and a people he hates, sits alone and bitter at the end. What God did was not what fit Jonah’s political agenda.
So where are we in this story?
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Yea, though they never had the Scriptures amongst them, nor never heard Christ outwardly named to them, the Name of Christ being often put for the Power of Christ within, as in Mark xvi. 17. In my Name shall they cast out Devils, saith Christ of his Disciples. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)