I finished the book of Jonah today. He is commanded by God the second time to go and tell those in Nineveh of the destruction that would come upon them if they didn’t repent. The people of Nineveh believed God, fasted, and prayed that God would have mercy on them. Because they turned from their wickedness God didn’t punish them, which made Jonah very angry. He went and sat outside the city in the sun, and God made a plant grow up to shade him from the sun. And the next day, He had a worm come and kill the plant, which also made Jonah very angry.
One very big thing that I noticed in this chapter was the way the people of Nineveh acted when they heard what God had Jonah say to them.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man not beast, heard, nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nordrink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
They really took their sin seriously. Do we take sin that seriously?