Grace: God's Grace to Ninevah

Jan 19, 2014
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God's Grace to Ninevah

The book of Jonah is a story of God's grace which extends to the world. Jonah hated the Assyrians, the capital being Ninevah. They were idolators and wicked people and oppressed Israel. In fact God commanded Jonah, "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." Jonah 1:2

But Jonah knew how gracious God was. And he didn't want God to be gracious to them. He was afraid that they would repent and God would forgive them. So he ran away. Later when God strongly influenced him (shall we say?) to go back and preach to the city, indeed they repented and God forgave them. At this Jonah said, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."Jonah 4:2

If people repent it seems there's no limit to God's graciousness. So let us be of the same spirit.

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