Jonah is given a 2nd chance! Following the dramatic rescue from the sea, God calls him once again to go and preach judgment to Nineveh because of their wickedness. Jonah obeys and the people respond with a sincere belief in God! The king issues a decree that all people should urgently call on God and turn from their wickedness. In response, God relents and does not send calamity - He is, in fact, a God who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love (mercy). We respond to this story by reminding ourselves that just as Nineveh was under that sentence of judgment because of its wickedness, so also our world is under judgment. 2 Peter 3 helps us gain perspective and so we respond by 1) believing God and receiving His mercy; 2) repenting from evil and pursuing holiness; 3) being faithful messengers to a world that is under this sentence of judgment.
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