In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The Book of Jonah is the fifth of the twelve books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. The name of Jonah comes from the Hebrew word Yonah meaning, “dove” or “sign of God”. Jonah was a prophet from the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II. The prophecies of Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Micah overlapped in an era from c. 845-670 BC with Jonah c. 782-753 BC.

The message of Jonah was directed entirely to the Gentile nation of Assyria. It shows how God’s love applies to all mankind because God is not a respecter of persons. God commissioned Jonah to proclaim judgment on the city of Nineveh. However, Jonah knew that God would relent if Nineveh repented. He did not have the compassion for Nineveh that God had because Assyria was an enemy of Israel. Jonah disobeyed God by attempting to travel to Tarshish by sea. God disciplined Jonah by having him thrown overboard during a storm and swallowed by a great fish. Jonah repented in the belly of the fish and proclaimed, “Salvation is of the Lord”. After three days and nights, God had the fish vomit Jonah onto dry land. Jonah delivered God’s message and Nineveh repented. As a result, God spared the city of destruction. The experience of Jonah demonstrates that God is sovereign. He can use us to accomplish His will either as a servant or as an instrument; the former will be a blessing while the latter can be painful.

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, specifically referred to Jonah during His ministry. As Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days and nights, Christ proclaimed that He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and nights. This was in reference to His death, burial and resurrection. His resurrection means our salvation; “Salvation is of the Lord”. We only need to turn to Him and accept His gift of salvation.

Jonah 1-2: Jonah’s disobedience; the storm; the great fish; the prayer of Jonah

Jonah 3-4: Jonah’s message to Nineveh; Nineveh’s repentance; Jonah’s anger at God’s mercy