JONAH is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. A prophet of note, he was well-known in Israel. Jewish tradition says that he was a disciple of the famous Elisha and possibly succeeded him as prophet.
God called this man to prophesy against Nineveh, capital of Assyria, and call this nation to repentance. He was very reluctant to do that. Israel's enemies were his enemies and the last thing he wanted was for God to be merciful to them. He preferred that they come under judgment and disappear forever.
He was unable to understand that the conversion and repentance of Israel's enemies could well result in peace toward Israel, bringing about greater good and glory to God.
Jonah, the Reluctant Prophet, has a message for our generation. It is possible for an unknown foreign missionary to turn an entire nation to God... if we will but preach God's Word faithfully and let Him do the rest.
This book is not a myth, or allegory, as some have thought. Jesus personally testified to its historicity in Matthew 12:38-41. Jonah was a real man, encountering a real sea creature, and turning a real nation to God.
Enjoy the book and be challenged by its message. The Lord had this testimony recorded for our benefit.