One of the things that hit me most in Jonah’s commission is that no one is without sin.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. (Psalm 14:1-3)
It appears that it was not only Nineveh’s wickedness that has come up before God (Jonah 1:2), but also Jonah the prophet who was commissioned by God to preach and enlighten Nineveh.
Jonah’s faults are many:
- He rejected God’s commission and fled away thinking that he can go away from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3).
- He resented God’s mercy and compassion towards His creation (Jonah 4:1-2).
- His resentment to God’s mercy led him to ask for his own death (Jonah 4:3).
Perhaps Jonah’s sins are greater than that of the people of Nineveh.
God said that they “cannot discern between their right hand and their left” (Jonah 4:11), while Jonah knew God very well; he knew His power, strength, mercy, and compassion (Jonah 4:2). Jonah was so close to God that the Bible says that he went away from the presence of the Lord.
The fall from being in the presence of God and having such knowledge about God to a series of sins leads one to think that Jonah’s sins are surely greater than Nineveh’s.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more Luke 12:48