January 2, 2018

Jonah 1:2

Jonah’s hometown was the village Gath-hepher, near Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. Jonah correctly predicted that Jeroboam II would recapture from Syria land that previously belonged to Israel.

Nineveh was the leading city of the Assyrian empire. To say it was an evil empire is an understatement. It was the most vicious the world has ever seen. Stone-chiseled images of dead Jews impaled on poles as thick as fence posts have been discovered in Nineveh. Yet, God commanded his prophet to go there and proclaim his message to this evil nation.

Consider another interesting note about Jonah’s assignment. All the other prophets worked with the Jewish people. God sent Jonah on a mission that had nothing to do with the Jews.