1968.) Jonah 3

The Finger Raised — Henri Lindegaard, 2003

Jonah 3   (NLT)

Preach, Jonah, Preach!

1 Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

“Play it again, Sam” is a misquotation from the 1942 movie Casablanca.

from Experiencing God Day-by-Day,
by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby


Jonah didn’t like the assignment God gave him. God directed him to leave his homeland and go to the enemy city of Nineveh, a hostile and evil center of idol worship. There Jonah was to warn the people of God’s impending judgment and urge them to repent. The Hebrews hated the people of Nineveh, so the rebellious prophet fled in the opposite direction, hoping for a different word from God that was more to his liking. Instead, God was determined that his word to Jonah would be obeyed. He spoke to Jonah again. His second message was the same as the first. However, during the interval, Jonah had been buffeted by storms and had traveled in the stomach of a fish for three days. This time, he was prepared to hear God again and do his bidding.

God also spoke to the prophet Jeremiah two times (Jer. 33:1-3). But Jeremiah accepted God’s word to him the first time. The second time God spoke to him was to give him a fuller revelation of what He had first told him.

What God says to us next will depend on how we responded to His previous word to us. If, like Jonah, we disobeyed His earlier instructions, God will give them a second time. If we obeyed His first directive, as Jeremiah did, He will give us a fresh and deeper expression of His will (Matt. 25:23). Do not let the Lord have to wait for your obedience.

3 This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.

Ancient historians say that Nineveh was the largest city in the world at that time.

4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” 5 The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.

6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. 7 Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:

“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. 8 People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 9 Who can tell? Perhaps God will have pity on us even yet, and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”

“He who would have others pity him must pity others.”

~Yiddish proverb



Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.

have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.

have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
dona nobis pacem.

grant us peace.

HERE  is “Agnus Dei” by Samuel Barber and the Choir of New College, Oxford. In view of Jonah’s reluctant and begrudging obedience, I encourage you to take 8 minutes right now out of your day to contemplate with thanksgiving God’s great love and mercy for you, and to pray for the salvation of all the world.


10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them concerning the destruction he had threatened to bring upon them.  And he did not do it.



New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Lindegaard.     http://www.artbible.net/1T/-Jon-01,01_Events_Portraits_Evenements/3%20Obedience_Obeissance/20%20LINDEGAARD%20JONAS%20BB%20LE%20DOIGT%20LEVE.jpg
“Play it again.”    http://thejarboes.com/play%20it%20again%20sam.jpg
Psalm 145:8.   https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/92/97/1e/92971ea195164e4d1dd5afd74bf28bf4.jpg

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