In my last letter to you, I mentioned Jesus referring to “The sign of the prophet Jonah”. Here is a brief encounter with that story according to the Holy Bible:
The Lord spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh, which was a great, but sinful city, to warn them that if they do not repent (spot being sinful), God was going to destroy them and their city. But Jonah did not wish to preach to the people of Nineveh; for they were the enemies of his land, the land of Israel. He wished Nineveh to die in its sins, and not to turn to God and live.
So Jonah tried to go away from the city where God had sent him. He took a ship to go to the other side, away from Nineveh, so God sent a great storm upon the sea, so that the ship seemed as though it would break into pieces. The sailors threw overboard everything on the ship; and when they could do no more, every man prayed to his god to save the ship and themselves, while Jonah was now lying fast asleep. The ship’s captain came to him, and said:
“What do you mean by sleeping in such a time as this? Awake, rise up, and call upon your God. Perhaps He will hear you and save our lives.”
Then Jonah told them the whole story, how he came from the land of Israel, and that he had fled away from the presence of his Lord.
Then said Jonah: “Take me up and throw me into the sea; then the storm will cease and the waters will be calm; for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.”
But the men were not willing to throw Jonah into the sea. They rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not. Then they cried unto his (Jonah’s) Lord, and said:
“We pray to you, O Lord, let us not die for this man’s life.”
At last, when they could do nothing else to save themselves, they threw Jonah into the sea.
At once the storm ceased, and the waves became still. Then the men on the ship feared his Lord greatly. They offered a sacrifice to the Lord (Yahweh), and made promises to serve Him.
And the Lord caused a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was alive within the fish for three days and three nights. In the fish Jonah cried and prayed to the Lord; and the Lord caused the great fish to throw up Jonah upon the dry land.
Then, the Lord came to Jonah a second time and said:
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it what I command you.” So Jonah went to the city of Nineveh; and as he entered into it, he called out to the people:
“Within forty days shall Nineveh be destroyed.”
And the people of Nineveh believed the word of the Lord as spoken by Jonah. They turned away from their sins and fasted and sought the Lord.
And God saw that the people of Nineveh were sorry for their wickedness, and He forgave them, and did not destroy their city.
Two days ago, on the 18th of this month, there was a horrific incident in the Mediterranean sea. The Daily Mail, Australia, reported that: When a rubber dinghy carrying around 100 African refugees across the Mediterranean began to sink, a Nigerian Christian prayed to God for his life in an innocent act that would end in the deaths of 12 fellow Christian migrants. One of the Muslims on board the rickety craft ordered him to stop, saying: ‘Here, we only pray to Allah.’ When he refused, a violent fight ensued and 12 Christians drowned when they were thrown overboard by the Muslim refugees.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044584/Pray-Allah-ll-throw-overboard-Muslims-ordered-Christians-punctured-dinghy-African-migrants-sank-Mediterranean.html#ixzz3XnlbGiE6
You may not really care to know, since you were not in that same boat, as the English expression goes, but the irony of this tragic event is that it was an Italian ‘Christian boat’ that eventually saved the remaining refugees, including the murderous refugees, and it will be a ‘Christian country’ that will take them up as refugees to help them escape from the hellish and morally evil ways their countries of origin go about living their daily lives, (because, they will so surely not end up in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia for refuge! Who said the West is evil!?).
When God Yahweh saved the city, Jonah got very angry, because he did not wish to have Nineveh spared, because it was the enemy of his own land; and also he feared that men would call him a false prophet when his (Jonah’s) word did not come to pass. This anger came after Jonah went outside the city walls to wait and see whether God would keep the word that he had spoken, (the destruction of the city itself).
While Jonah was waiting for the city to be destroyed, the Lord caused a plant with thick leaves to grow up, and to shade Jonah from the sun; and Jonah was glad, and sat under its shadow. But a worm destroyed the plant; and the next day a hot wind blew, and Jonah suffered from the heat; and again Jonah wished that he might die. And the Lord said to Jonah:
“You were sorry to see the plant die, though you did not make it grow, and though it came up in a night and died in a night. And should I not have pity on Nineveh, that great city, where more than a hundred thousand people, all helpless and knowing nothing (spiritual truth), live?”
And Jonah learned that all humanity is precious in the sight of Yahweh the Lord, even the ones that do not know (the true) God.