Jonah loses sight of that great Epiphany theme again! He wants people saved— just maybe not Ninevah.

Jonah loses sight of that great Epiphany theme again! He wants people saved— just maybe not Ninevah.

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ESV Text: Jonah 4:1-11

Jonah 4 (Listen)

Jonah’s Anger and the Lord’s Compassion

4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,1 and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the LORD God appointed a plant2 and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.3 So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah

[2] 4:6 Hebrew qiqayon, probably the castor oil plant; also verses 7, 9, 10

[3] 4:6 Or his evil

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KJV Text: Jonah 4:1-11

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     1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

     5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 126 :
Arise and Shine in Splendor

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1. Arise and shine in splendor,
Let night to day surrender;
They light is drawing near,
Above thee day is beaming
In matchless beauty gleaming;
The glory of the Lord is here.

2. See earth in darkness lying,
The heathen nations dying
In hopeless gloom and night.
To thee the lord of heaven –
Thy life, they hope hath given
Great glory, honor and delight.

3. The World’s remotest races,
Upon whose weary faces
The sun looks from the sky,
Shall run with zeal untiring,
With joy thy light desiring
That breaks upon them from on high.

4. Lift up thy eyes in wonder;
See nations gather yonder,
They all come unto thee
The world has heard thy story
Thy sons come to thy glory,
And daughters haste thy Light to see.

5. Thy heart will leap for gladness
When from the realms of sadness
They come o’er land and sea.
Thine eyes will wake from slumber
When people without number
Come thronging from afar to thee.


Hymn: LSB 396 :
Arise and Shine in Splendor

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