Jonah 4:9-11 – A Final Question

BIBLE TEXT

Jonah 4:9-11

SUMMARY

God asks Jonah if Jonah is right to be so angry. When Jonah insists he is right, God closes the book with a question: You care about a plant that you did not make; shouldn’t I care about the people and creatures in Nineveh, whom I did make?

ANALYSIS

The book ends without the reader knowing how Jonah answers God’s question. So, the question is really, how does the reader answer the question for Jonah? In part, Jonah’s problem is that he knows who God is (a Lord merciful, full of loving kindness, ready to relent from punishing sin), but Jonah doesn’t like this about God. Jonah wants a God who will punish evil. The question that the book asks the reader then is this: Can we accept and love God as God is?

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