Jonah: Rebellion and Redemption
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it because their evil has come up before me.”
We’re being introduced to several new people, so let’s examine:
son of amittai
From Gath Hepher in Galilee
prophesied around the time of King Jeroboam II (793-753 B.C.)
He restored Israel’s border from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word the Lord, the God of Israel, had spoken through his servant, the prophet Jonah son of Amittai from Gath-hepher.
Prophesying about Nineveh
Nineveh was located east of the Tigris River in modern-day Iraq
A major city in the Kingdom of Assyria (eventually it’s capital)
Woe to the city of blood, totally deceitful, full of plunder, never without prey. The crack of the whip and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and jolting chariot! Charging horseman, flashing sword, shining spear; heaps of slain, mounds of corpses, dead bodies without end— they stumble over their dead. Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute, the attractive mistress of sorcery, who treats nations and clans like merchandise by her prostitution and sorcery, I am against you. This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies. I will lift your skirts over your face and display your nakedness to nations, your shame to kingdoms. I will throw filth on you and treat you with contempt; I will make a spectacle of you. Then all who see you will recoil from you, saying, “Nineveh is devastated; who will show sympathy to her?” Where can I find anyone to comfort you?
Ninevah was known for it’s evil and it’s violence.
But right now it was in a weakened state. Infighting and rebellions have left the Assyrian empire weakened, and the only really major city safely under their control at this point is Ninevah.
Rebellion & Redemption
Rebellion & Redemption
Redemption - literally to “buy out”; to purchase someone’s freedom
Rebellion - resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.
When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
their evil has come up before me.
God sees evil.
Many people assume God ignores them, as they ignore God. But Here we see that God who sees, cares, and takes action.
Ninevah was 500 miles east, Jonah sought to travel over 2,000 miles West to Tarshish
Jonah was in the belly of a fish
For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s preaching; and look—something greater than Jonah is here.