3 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD.
To me Jonah 3:2-3 are some of the funniest verses in the Bible, yet they are very profound. They are funny to me because they mirror the verses in chapter 1 where God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh the first time. We know that in chapter 1 Jonah runs from God’s command and suffers a great trial because of his disobedience. In this “take 2”, there is no running just simple and instant obedience.
What is profound about these verses is that they represent a key component of God’s relationship to humanity. Second chances and grace.
God has every right to kill Jonah for his disobedience, yet He has compassion on Jonah. He has love for Jonah. He offers salvation to Jonah. Salvation from death. Sound familiar?
The cool thing about the Bible is it really is a mirror of humanity. As we gaze at the images it contains, we see ourselves. We see the rising and the falling of men and women. We see disobedience, God’s grace, calls to repentance, and the restoration of others who have fallen and it gives us hope for our current situation. We see salvation time and time again.
It’s all about salvation. It’s all about Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and your salvation. Thank you God that you give us so many chances to respond to your call to repentance. Thank you Lord Jesus for your sacrifice for our restoration. Father let us hear your voice today and respond to your call. Thank you for loving us so much that created a way back to you. Keep us today. In Jesus name. Amen.