Commentary On The Book Of Jonah Chapter 3:1-2

Chapter 3:1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time saying,

This is my favorite verse in the entire Bible. Isn’t it wonderful that our God is a God of second chances, third chances, etc.?

Questions to ponder about this verse:

What is the difference between the first time God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh and the second time?

Just something to think about.  What if Jonah changed his mind and decided not to go to Nineveh? This is a question I have always thought about.  I have considered that Jonah was going to Nineveh no matter what. I have considered that the great fish would swallow Jonah a second time and I have considered that Jonah by changing his mind would put himself on the shelf and God would send someone else and they would receive the blessing.

I believe it is apparent that God had a plan for Jonah, the runner and that God is letting Jonah know he isn’t through with him.

Chapter 3:2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.

Why does God call Nineveh the great city? I need someone to comment because I am not sure. God gave Jonah a simple responsilbility, but it wasn’t Jonah’s responsibility to convince the Ninevites but he was only to present God’s truth.

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7 thoughts on “Commentary On The Book Of Jonah Chapter 3:1-2

  1. Jonah was the verification that Ninevah needed. A reluctant man who didn’t really want to be there giving the warning, and was only doing it because God wanted him to do it. Knowing what he went through must have made enough of an impression that they listened. If he hadn’t fought against it and wasn’t so reluctant, if he himself liked Ninevah, perhaps they would not have listened. Ninevah was a great example of the fulfilling of God’s promise, that if we do His will, He will forgive us. Ninevah was supposedly the most important city of it’s day, and perhaps that is what God is referring to. The destruction would have been horrific if they had not listened to Jonah. It is a wonderful story that is too often overlooked!

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