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The book of Jonah differs from the books of all the other prophets in that its only message was addressed to the people of a foreign nation Furthermore the book is strictly narrative in form and contains no direct message from God except His command to the Ninevites to repent This is where Jonahs role in the Bible takes place Jonah was a prophet from God who at first tried to avoid that role by running away to from his quest God and responsibilities given to him by God Jonahs duty was to Go to great city of Nineveh and preach against it because its wickedness has come up before it Jonah 12-3 Summoned to announce the doom of Nineveh having no desire to go as a prophet to a foreign city and being unconcerned about the conversion of its inhabitants--obviously with an invitation to repent Jonah sets out in the opposite direction for Tarshish Jonah 3510 intending to flee from the presence of God The seeming hopelessness of the mission to Nineveh and of the prospect that its non-Israelite population might repent was another reason that led Jonah to shrink from the commission On his way to Tarshish on a ship God sent a great wind on the sea which scared the sailors and made them question Jonahs actions because they knew that he was running away from God Jonah 110 The only way to save the sailors from the rough see that was getting rougher was for him to be thrown in to the sea He didnt care what happened to him He was sacrificing himself for the people they would be safe and God wouldnt use him as an instrument of the destruction After the sailors threw him overboard the raging sea grew calm Jonah 111-15 Jonah would have been finished anyway because he knows he has disobeyed God but God has shown mercy to
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