We are on to week three of Jonah – Chapter three! Jonah has been given a second chance to be God’s prophet and bring the Word to Nineveh, a huge populated city. His message isn’t a pleasant one to bring, “In 40 days, Nineveh will be destroyed!”
As Jonah enters the outskirts of the city proclaiming this message an amazing thing happens – the people fully repent. News reaches the king of Jonah’s message before Jonah even reaches the king. And the king’s response is immediate – repentance! He issues a decree for everyone, including the animals of the land to engage in mourning over their sin. He says something amazing, “Who knows? God may relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish!”
This brings up an important theme for us to consider: Is God’s judgment of sin conditional or unconditional? Meaning, does God change his mind about his judgment of sin if there is repentance? This is an important question and we will grapple with it on Sunday.
See you Sunday,