Jonah has been on my mind. I guess that is the by-product of having been translating the book lately. The book has always interested me, but in translating it I see some cool nuances that I have missed before. Let me share one as our devotional thought today.
The use of irony in the opening verses sets the theme of the whole narrative. First, God commands Jonah to get up and go to Nineveh. Jonah gets up (keeping part of God’s command), but decides to run from God. Second, there is this belief by Jonah that he can run from the presence of God, as if God is only God in certain locations (this is ironic since Jonah is told to preach to a Nineveh, which is not a Israelite nation).