Jonah 3:2-3 KJV
Arise, go unto
, that great city, and preach unto it
the preaching that I bid thee. Nineveh
So Jonah arose, and went unto
, according to the word of the LORD.
Now Nineveh was
an exceeding great city of three days' journey. Nineveh
Sometimes we read things without really asking the questions that make a thing make sense. A casual reading implies that the whale spit up Jonah on some shore next to
Some Bible students over the years have had the great fish swimming all the way
around the Horn of Africa to get Jonah closer to Nineveh. Others have had it swimming up long
The fact is that there is no shore next to Nineveh
and that the fish must have vomited him on a shore two thousand miles away from
of the distractions Jonah faced in doing the will of God now:
- There would have been a month or two traveling
- There would have been weariness in travel
- There would have been numerous cities, towns and villages encountered
- There would have been countless souls spoken to along the way.
Jonah got God's message well this time. Nothing got in the way of the will of the Lord. Nothing kept him from his assignment.
May we be so determined to be in the will of God. And may we not have to go to the belly of hell to get there.