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Jonah 1:1-2 – The Call to Nineveh

Summary

God calls Jonah to deliver a prophetic message to Nineveh, but Jonah flees in the opposite direction from Nineveh.

Analysis

When God commands a prophet to deliver some message, the expectation is that the prophet will obey. God commands Jonah to go to Nineveh, which was the capital city of the Assyrian empire and therefore the source of great evil and suffering. Jonah, however, flees in the opposite direction of Nineveh. So the question of the narrative becomes, "What will God do with a rebellious prophet?"

Jonah 1:1-2

Jonah

Jonah Tries to Run Away from God

1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, 2‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’

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