Please read Matthew 12:38-41.
Here Jesus confirms the historical account of Jonah.
It is highly improbable that The Lord would include this account, along with three others if it were a myth, as the liberals think.
Instead of obeying God’s command and heading to Nineveh, Jonah caught a ship traveling in the opposite direction. At sea a great storm arose, and Jonah was tossed overboard by the superstitious sailors in an attempt to appease the prophet’s God. Jonah escaped unharmed when he was swallowed by a great fish and was miraculously deposited on shore.
This time he obeyed God’s command and traveled to Nineveh to carry out his preaching assignment.
But the reluctant prophet was not prepared for the results of his message. The entire city repented, and Jonah sulked in anger because Nineveh escaped God’s punishment.
To teach the prophet a lesson, God raised up a plant, perhaps a gourd vine, to shade Jonah from the sun, then allowed a worm to cut it down. A hot wind from the east added to Jonah’s misery, and he whined and complained about the missing plant. Then God reminded Jonah that He was a God of compassion who had the right to love and forgive the pagan Assyrians or any other people who turned to Him in obedience and faith. Jonah had been fretting about a plant, while God had turned His attention to a much more important matter-the worth and salvation of people.
Theological Contribution. One of the great truths emphasized by this book is that God can use people who do not want to be used by Him. Jonah was practically driven to Nineveh against his will, but his grudging message still struck a responsive chord in the Assyrians. This shows that revival and repentance are works of God’s Spirit. Our task is to proclaim His message.

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