The Book of Jonah: God’s Love For All Nations
by David Hocking
The Book of Jonah is not simply a story of a giant fish swallowing one of the prophets of God … it is a message about the love of God for all nations … 48 verses in the whole book and one prophetic message for an amazing city of the ancient world, Nineveh. “Yet 40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” Our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel referred to Jonah in Matthew 16:4 and in Luke 11:29-32.
Flavius Josephus included the story of Jonah in his history of the Jewish people.
Jerome believed the purpose of the book was to encourage Jews to repent.
Martin Luther said of Jonah, “His conversion of the city of Nineveh with one short sermon is surely as great a miracle as his rescue from the belly of the whale, if not an even greater one.”
The events of this book seem to have occurred in the days of Jeroboam II of Israel (793-753 BC) according t II Kings 14:23-27). May its message stir our hearts to be obedient to the Lord God and remind us of His love for all nations.