“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come up before me’” (Jonah 1:1-2). 


Jonah is the only Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament sent by God to a Gentile nation. He reminds us that God has a missionary’s heart and a plan for the Gentiles too, a lesson the apostle Peter had difficulty learning (Acts 10-11). Jonah is the Old Testament book that reminds us “God so loved the world,” including the Gentiles. 


Jonah is the runaway prophet. He heard God’s call to Nineveh, ran in the opposite direction, and ran right into the perfect storm. When you hear God’s call, which way will you run?

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Romans 8:28 MSG