“Angry That the Lord God is Merciful “
The Biblical account of Jonah is very interesting. It is not some fable, but a true account. Jesus Christ refers to this event in His teachings. (Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. NIV)
I am joining this account after Jonah’s ministry for the Lord in Ninevah has finished. And by all standards, this ministry has been a booming success.
Please read the following chapters. (they are short, you can do this)
Jonah 3:1-4:11 1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city — a visit required three days. 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat down in the dust. 7 Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.
Jonah 4:1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “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. 3 Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 But the Lord replied, “Have you any right to be angry?” 5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
Wow, Jonah overlooked the fact that 120,000 people had come to the Lord and was angry because he felt the Lord God made him look bad when He shared His mercy with the Ninevites.
Now before we become critical with Jonah, let’s all remember that person who made you angry. They embarrassed, perhaps humiliated you, and you have consoled your anger by thinking that the Lord God will take care of them one day. Oh yes, they will get theirs.
And then that person has a salvation experience and everyone is happy about that but you. You wanted God to repay them for the way they wronged you.
If we aren’t careful, we can love when the Lord shows us mercy but don’t want Him to show mercy to others.
But listen to this truth, if He doesn’t show mercy to others, why would he show mercy to us. Because no matter how good we feel we are, we too are simply a sinner saved by the mercy and grace of our Lord.
So don’t be angry when the Lord God pours out His mercy. Instead, be thankful since this is the only way we or anyone else is saved; by that same wonderful and generous mercy. 😊
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing;