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Jonah hated them more than he had ever hated anything in his life. His hate burned with a righteous fire, a fire he though of as holy and purifying flame. It stabbed at his heart to have to give them an opportunity to repent – every fiber of his being wanted their entire race exterminated. At least he could be comforted by the certain knowledge that there was no way on Earth that this rich and powerful City would change its greedy ways!
God saw that they did in fact truly repent, and changed his mind. Jonah’s anger grew even hotter, and he started to scream at God: “THIS IS NOT RIGHT! THIS IS WHY I DID NOT WANT TO COME HERE AND PREACH! I KNEW YOU DIDN’T HAVE THE BALLS FOR THIS! YOU HEARD ME! GO AHEAD AND KILL ME! I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD THAT HAS PEOPLE LIKE THEM IN IT!”
The Lord answered him with the calm voice of a peaceful stream: “We saved many today, you and I – why are you angry?”
Jonah stomped off into the hills. He made a shelter overlooking the City and waited. “Surely, God would soon see that he had screwed up. They would show their true colors, and I will be proven right!” he thought to himself.
It was a crappy little shelter, and God saw that Jonah was suffering in the sun. Secretly during the night, God raised up a shrub to shade Jonah. Jonah sat in comfort the next day and was not as angry. But the day after that, God took the shrub away. Jonah, refused to budge. He just sat there and continued to sulk, thinking: “I would be better off dead!”
God spoke again to Jonah: “Why are you angry? You were unable to build adequate shelter for yourself. So I gave it to you, but then changed my mind and took it back. You did not create the City either – I did. It is mine to take or give as I see fit. You say you are angry about the destruction of the little shrub? Shouldn’t you be angrier about the destruction of thousands and thousands of lives in the City?”
(From Jonah 3:10-4:11)