Four More Lessons from the Life of Jonah
Jonah Preaches At Ninevah
Jonah 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Jonah 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
Jonah 3:3-4 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
Jonah 3:5-8 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
4. Jonah’s Obedience brought results. He proclaimed God’s Word and the king and people of Ninevah believed and repented.
~When prompted by the Holy Spirit, I need to listen, obey, and proclaim God’s Word. His Word will not return void. By saying no, or what’s the use, I quench the Holy Spirit. We never know what God may do when we obey!
~God also changed His mind regarding Ninevah’s Punishment. Why? Because Jonah obeyed and proclaimed God’s Word to them. It was inevitable that Ninevah would be destroyed for their wickedness, but obedience from God’s servant brought about a change, of God’s mind. Perhaps my prayers, my obedience may cause God to change His mind about something that is inevitable.