Conversion of Nineveh
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
We are familiar with the book of Jonah and most have heard about Jonah and the whale, but when we look closer we see the real reason for the book, the story, and the situation. REDEMPTION. Often we focus on Jonah and his issues with his enemies, his struggles on the sea, and him not understanding what God was doing. All of that misses the point which isthat the people changed and were redeemed.
God used Jonah as a vessel of truth calling the people of Nineveh to accountability, but this offered them redemption. Friends, Jonah was offered this same redemption, so are we. Praise God that God forgives. God forgave the people of Nineveh, God forgave Jonah for disobedience and God forgives us. All we must do is accept, change and believe... And believe.
The people believed. I challenge you today as you go out into the world, to go out living this day placing all of your faith and trust in God. I promise it will change how you act, react, and are viewed. Let us began to work on ourselves for the building up of the kingdom today. That way tomorrow we may be able to be the Jonah for others. Believe.
Love Pastor J.