God is the God of the Gentiles as well as of the Jew.
Jonah was a native of Gath-hepher in Zebulun. Some think that he was a contemporary and disciple of Elijah, and that he therefore lived about 850 b.c. He is the oldest of the prophets whose writings have come down to us. That the book is historical may be gathered from the references of our Lord in Matthew 12:39-41 and Matthew 16:4.
The narrative presents a most striking contrast between the long-suffering mercy of God and the hard indifference of a good man to the fate of a great Gentile city. Probably it indicates the dawn of a better era, when the Chosen People shall enter upon that long education, the results of which Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:1-8. —Through the Bible Day by Day
An Unwilling Prophet of the Merciful God
I. Jonah’s Disobedience, Jonah 1:1-14
II. His Punishment, Jonah 1:15-17
III. His Prayer and Rescue, Jonah 2
IV. His Preaching in Nineveh, Jonah 3:1-4
V. The City’s Repentance, Jonah 3:5-10
VI. Jonah’s Displeasure; God’s Mercy, Jonah 4 —Through the Bible Day by Day