22 September, Old Testament
A singular prophet among the many in the Old Testament, Jonah the son of Amittai was born about an hour’s walk from Nazareth. His prophetic ministry involved a call to preach at Nineveh, capital of pagan Assyria (Jonah 1:1-2). His reluctance to respond and God’s insistence that His call be heeded is the story of the book that bears Jonah’s name.
Although the swallowing and disgorging of Jonah by the great fish is the most remembered detail of his life, the book address it in only three verses (Jonah 1:17; 2:1, 10). The important theme is how God deals compassionately with sinners. God spared sinful Nineveh — for a time. Eventually,. . . Read All