Exploring Jonah 3

In Jonah 3, Jonah the reluctant prophet obeys God, goes to violent Nineveh and proclaims God’s message of judgement on their sins. What’s the unexpected result? God is clearly at work. Their response is extraordinary!  What did they do? V5 “They believed God”

  • They didn’t just believe that God existed
  • They didn’t just believe that God may help them to avoid difficulty and give them healthy prosperous lives
  • They believed God’s message to them of their destruction because of their violent sins
  • They showed their real belief in God by repenting (turning away) from their sin expressed in fasting, putting on sackcloth, crying out to God in prayer for his forgiveness and “turning away from their evil ways and violent actions” (v8). Never underestimate God’s power to change people.