Jonah: The Pity of God

 

Jonah 4:1-10

If you had never heard the story of Jonah, you may assume that the story would end at the conclusion of chapter 3. Jonah had finally gone to Nineveh, God’s word had been shared, the people had repented, and God had relented of the disaster that had been forewarned. But this Sunday, we will see that there is one additional unexpected chapter to this story. In this final portion of Jonah, God confronts His prophet about his lack of pity, and He challenges His people who read this book to examine our own hearts as well. This story ends with a question mark, not a period–inviting us into the story, to see what may need to change within our own hearts and lives.