Jonah’s second chance. Nineveh’s repentance because of his obedience.
Jonah 3:1-5 (GWT) 1 Then the LORD spoke his word to Jonah a second time. He said, 2 "Leave at once for the important city, Nineveh. Announce to the people the message I have given you." 3 Jonah immediately went to Nineveh as the LORD told him. Nineveh was a very large city. It took three days to walk through it. 4 Jonah entered the city and walked for about a day. Then he said, "In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed." 5 The people of Nineveh believed God. They decided to fast, and everyone, from the most important to the least important, dressed in sackcloth.
• The Word of GOD – THE B-I-B-L-E! – repeats an unchanging message to us! ARISE! – Leave now for your mission. “GO” proclaim the proclamation. 47 times in the Bible, “to preach” Cf. Luke 4:18; 9:60; Acts 10:42; 14:15; 2 Timothy 4:2
• The MESSAGE is repentance. The Gospel of Jesus Christ! Cf. Romans 1:16
• The pain of sin. Cf. Matthew 5:29-30; John 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:56; 1 John 5:16 -18
Jonah 3:6-10 (GWT) 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 Then he made this announcement and sent it throughout the city: "This is an order from the king and his nobles: No one is to eat or drink anything. This includes all people, animals, cattle, and sheep. 8 Every person and animal must put on sackcloth. Cry loudly to God for help. Turn from your wicked ways and your acts of violence. 9 Who knows? God may reconsider his plans and turn from his burning anger so that we won't die." 10 God saw what they did. He saw that they turned from their wicked ways. So, God reconsidered his threat to destroy them, and he didn't do it.
• The preaching of the WORD! Cf. Psalms 119:9; Proverbs 13:13; Matthew 4:4; John 1:1
• The king and the people humbled themselves before God with repentance. Cf. Job 42:6; Luke 13:3
• Animals? Cf. Romans 8:20, 22
• While there is life there is hope; God has no pleasure in the death of sinners. Cf. Psalms 106:45; Matthew 12:41; Luke 15:18-20
• A pardon: a willingness to change their ungodly ways. Cf. Isaiah 55:7; Psalms 66:18
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
Where or Who is your Nineveh?