Summary: At the point when an evil empire displayed its power before God and the world through various demonstrations of inhumane mercilessness, that is when Jonah heard God instruct him to proceed to call the people to repent for their sins.
In verses 1-3
God called Jonah to do a work in Nineveh, an important city of that timeframe. However, the prophet Nahum states that the people of Nineveh were blameworthy of insidiousness plots against God, taking advantage of the vulnerable, heartless in war, prostitution, idolatry and black magic. Jonah hated the people and their wickedness, but he refused to go because he did not want God to forgive them and was afraid that the people might repent.
Jonah’s attitude was similar to the attitude of the nation of Israel. The Israelites did not want to share God’s mercies to non-Jews, nor receive His favor. So, what does Jonah do? He left the presence of the Lord – ran, he paid the ship fare – cost of sin, and he went down into the ship – hiding.
At the point when God gives us directions through His Word, here and there we run in dread, saying that God is asking excessively. Dread made Jonah run. In any case, running pushed him into more terrible difficulty. At last, he comprehended it is ideal to do what God asks to begin with. However, by that point, he had followed through on an exorbitant cost for running. It is far superior to obey from the beginning.
In verse 4-7
Jonah's defiance to God jeopardized the lives of the boat's crew. While the tempest seethed, Jonah was snoozing in the boat's hold; he thought all was well. He did not realize that his sin also affected others; it caused trouble for those around him. Indeed, even as he ran from God, he obviously didn't have a feeling of remorse. In any case, the nonattendance of blame isn't constantly an indicator of whether we are doing right.
Even though we can deny reality, we can't quantify defiance by our feelings. Rather, we should contrast what we do and God's models for living. We have an extraordinary duty to obey God’s Word, because our transgression and noncompliance will hurt others around us. Sin will cause storms and our lives to be unstable. The ship’s crew cast lots dice to find the blameworthy individual, depending on their superstitions to offer them a response. Their method worked, yet simply because God interceded to tell Jonah he was unable to run from Him.
In verse 8-12
Before long, Jonah understood that regardless of where he went, he was unable to escape from God. In any case, before Jonah could come back to God, he needed to stop fleeing from Him. Jonah realized he had resisted and that he was the reason for the tempest, yet he didn't utter a word until the crew made bets and the part fell on him. Sin had made him look like the world. He was willing to give his life to spare the mariners, even though he had refused to do likewise for the individuals of Nineveh. Jonah's scorn for the Assyrians had influenced his point of view.
We can't look for God's affection and run from Him simultaneously. What has God instructed us to do? If we need a greater amount of God's affection and power, we should be happy to complete the duties He gives us. We cannot state that we genuinely trust God if we don't do what He says.
In verses 13 – 17
By attempting to spare Jonah's life, the pagan mariners demonstrated more sympathy and compassion than Jonah. Jonah did not want to caution the individuals of Nineveh of the coming judgment of God. Believers ought to be embarrassed when unbelievers show more concern and empathy than the they do. God wants us to get have more concern about His people, lost and saved.
Jonah had resisted God. While he was fleeing, he halted and submitted to God. The boats crew started to revere God since they saw the tempest calm down. God can utilize even our missteps to help other people come to know Him. It might be excruciating, however conceding our transgressions can be a ground-breaking guide to the individuals who don't know God. How paradoxical that the pagan mariners did what the whole country of Israel would not do - appealed to God and promised to serve Him.
Many have attempted to clarify away this inexplicable occasion, yet the Bible does not describe it as a fantasy or a legend. We ought not clarify away this supernatural occurrence as though we could single out which of the marvels in the Bible we want to accept and which ones we don't. This sort of demeanor permits us to scrutinize any piece of the Bible, making us lose our trust in it as God's actual and solid Word. Jonah's experience was utilized by Christ himself as a representation of His death and resurrection.
God is inescapable for an individual or a nation.