Someone has pointed out that this sermon of Jonah’s, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown,” is the single worst sermon in all of scripture (at least as written). It’s totally devoid of introduction and conclusion. Nowhere in it can you find so much as an illustration, nor even a funny story. It’s only got one point – and that single point is about the most offensive thing Jonah could possibly say to the people of Nineveh. He’s just going through the motions, fulfilling the minimum requirement. Anything to keep the Lord off his back – and himself out of the digestive track of marine organisms. As Jonah turns on his heel after mouthing those unconvincing words, he notices something very strange indeed. The Ninevites are weeping. The Ninevites are wailing. The Ninevites are falling down on their knees and shouting “Amen!” It’s amazing what God can do with the most halfhearted effort at sharing the good news.
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