One of my favorite Bible stories growing up was about Jonah and the whale.
Jonah was an eighth-century prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel.
God directed Jonah to Nineveh where he was to preach repentance to the Assyrians who were meaner than a junk yard dog. The Assyrians were evil, cruel, heartless, evil and idolatrous, and yes, I did say evil twice.
Jonah didn’t want to preach repentance to the Assyrians. . .he wanted them wiped off the face of the earth. He wanted the people of Nineveh to have a Sodom and Gomorrah experience.
Needless to say, Jonah wasn’t too happy about them having the opportunity to miss hell. The scripture really doesn’t say why Jonah hated the Assyrians so. . .but he did.
Jonah was a prophet. . .but he kinda missed it. . .when it came to foretelling what was in his future.
His hatred must have been intense because he refused the assignment to Nineveh and caught the first boat out of town..
Once again, what kind of prophet thinks you can refuse to do what God says or that you can run away where He won’t find you.
Jonah bought passage on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Tarshish.
Jonah 1:3 in the Amplified Bible says: