Now that Jonah has been vomited back out of the fish, we get to see what he decides to do with his life.
“Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.” – Jonah 3:3
God’s way is to put great fear in you so you do what he wants. This is the definition of child abuse.
“Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” – Jonah 3:4-5
And God gets ready to destroy more people’s lives, but thankfully the people put on a sackcloth. That will protect them from God’s wrath! LOL!
“Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” – Jonah 3:7-9
And now the people can’t eat or drink? This is the work of a dictator suppressing and literally killing the people.
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” – Jonah 3:10
The people had to starve and dehydrate themselves before God would listen. What an awful god!
That concludes this chapter. God is back to punishing the masses for no reason.
Coming Soon: Jonah – Chapter 4: Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion