Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
Fresh off of a miraculous return after running away from God, Jonah finds himself with another opportunity to follow Him. Not often do we hear stories of people actually listening to the Word of God; here though, we run into a very repentant city – Nineveh. This verse says that “the Ninevites believed God” and proclaim a fast! Up to this moment – the moment when Jonah arrives with the Word from the Lord – this city has been, at best, rebellious against God. Now it’s as if God (or the fear of God) has grasped the heart of every living soul in Nineveh. Welcome to God’s school of mercy.
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