Jonah's Mission

The book of Jonah is only forty-eight verses long. But it is rich and vibrant in spiritual lessons. Jonah was a man who ran away from his duty. Whether the Bible story about him is a chronicle of actual events or a simple parable, it brings us the great spiritual truth of God's infinite, ever-present love and law.

It starts out with the Lord's command to Jonah to go to Nineveh, the great, world-famous capital of the Assyrian Empire, and to call upon the Ninevites to repent of their wickedness, for, we are told, Nineveh was a very wicked city. But Jonah ran away from this unwelcome task and boarded a ship sailing in the opposite direction. Feeling safe and secure on the vessel, he went sound asleep.

Obedience: Shortcut to Harmony
September 14, 1968

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