Jonah – Chapter 4: Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion

Today we have the last chapter in the book of Jonah.

“But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.” – Jonah 4:1

Jonah is upset God is forgiving the people…or maybe he’s just mad he had to sit inside a fish for three days!

“I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” – Jonah 4:2

Slow to anger? He put you in a fish’s belly for fuck’s sake!

“Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,and said, ‘It would be better for me to die than to live.’” – Jonah 4:6-8

Seriously? A plant just suddenly grows over your head and is then eaten by worms. Sigh. Maybe God forced Jonah to sit in the same spot for three months and the plant grew at a normal rate.

“But the Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.  And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh,in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?’” – Jonah 4:10-11

No God, you should not have this concern. You are the one who caused the people pain and suffering. You can’t suddenly be concerned for them when you are the one causing this harm!

Thus ends the book of Jonah. Jonah is swallowed by a fish, vomited up by the fish, and then tells a bunch of people to put on a sackcloth. You know, typical Biblical morals. 🙂

Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 15: Azariah King of Judah

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