Jonah ‘The depths of God’s grace’

How is it possible that a city like Nineveh, the epitome of Israel’s enemies could repent and receive God’s mercy? The book of Jonah is a story of God’s unmerited grace. 1st to a disobedient prophet who runs away. 2nd to sailors more open to God than God’s own prophet. 3rd to a city hostile to God. Then 4th once again God’s mercy is revealed to Jonah in the reflections of chapter 4. But like the story Jesus tells of the prodigal son and his older brother, we are left with an open question as to whether Jonah (an older brother type) ultimately repents and turns to God… In this series we get a glorious revelation of a gracious God who is revealed as the one who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and relenting from disaster (Jonah 4:2). We are invited to consider our own ways and be both challenged and refreshed by a God who is good to all.

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