Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before to Tarshish: for I knew that you are a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repent you of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4 Then said the LORD, Do you well to be angry?
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
9 And God said to Jonah, Do you well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even to death. 10 Then said the LORD, You have had pity on the gourd, for the which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
Question for Bible Studies
1. How can we sense God’s mercy for mankind through the exchange between God and Jonah?
Read to get the answer: The Creator’s Righteous Disposition Is Real and Vivid
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