In the final scene of this compelling drama the main point of the whole story emerges clearly: God is merciful by nature and has every right to show mercy to all nations and peoples and we (like Jonah) have no right to think that some are less deserving than others of this mercy. In their final interaction together we find God drawing Jonah's attitude to the surface. We discover a deeply held attitude of selfishness and entitlement in the heart of Jonah. The challenge to us readers is to be reminded that ALL people are only 1 step away from the mercy of God. There is no room for prejudice. We ought to ensure that we ourselves have truly received God's mercy and forgiveness and if so, then we are called to be messengers of a) coming judgement and b) the free offer of God's mercy to ALL who respond to Him! May we become faithful messengers!
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