God's Preach To Nineveh In The Book Of Zephaniah

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Overview: God calls Jonah to preach to Nineveh, but Jonah refuses and runs away on a boat that he is later thrown over into the sea. Jonah was swallowed by a large fish and prayed for forgiveness, so God made the fish spit him out onto land. God once again sent Jonah to Nineveh where the people except the message and repent. Jonah is furious that they were saved and his prophecy of their distraction does not come true.
Behind the Text: When Nineveh is mentioned in the book of Zephaniah, that God will destroy the city. It is also mentioned in 2 Kings 19:36-37 and then paralleled Isaiah 37:37-38, mentioning one of Nineveh’s temples during the assassination of Senacherib. The best way to figure out the time of Nineveh is to go off of what
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He was the prophet during the reign of Jeroboam II. This book does not begin with a background like the other prophets do because the story is not about who Jonah is, but rather mercifulness of God. However, Jonah’s past is important in understand why Jonah behaves the way he does, specifically one of the reasons he ran from God’s call; he was a great and famous prophet of his day so he viewed himself as too good to go to Ninevah. He served the king so a lesser prophet should go instead. Jonah was the only minor prophet who was sent to a specific city, in going to this city God is showing his concern not just for the Jews but also the …show more content…
This is also a repetition almost word for word from the first time asked. In 2:10 the fish spits Jonah out onto dry land and he walks to Nineveh from there, where is this land in relation to Nineveh?
Jonah 3:4-9 The People Repent The Ninevites turning away from their evil ways is the climax for God. His children have returned to him, but this moment is the anticlimax for Jonah because does not want for the city to be saved. Everyone, including the king, his nobles, and all the animals put on sackcloths and fasted. Why are the animals included in this, as well as other stories in the Old Testament when they are told to kill every last person and livestock?
Jonah 3:10 God

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