Jonah

The following is a discussion of the Book of Jonah.

 

Jonah experienced situational depression. It occurs as a direct result of sin. Jonah did not want to do what God told him to do. Instead of obedience, he ends up angry, pouting, and in the depths of depression. The brief look at each chapter of this book reveals what happened to him.

 

Chapter 1: Disobedience

 

Jonah is called by the Lord to preach God’s truth to the godless people of Nineveh. Jonah rebels and he boards a ship going in a different direction. Jonah’s disobedience brings repercussions on the ship’s crew. He is rejected and literally thrown overboard.

 

Chapter 2: Dread

 

Recognizing that the judgment of God is upon him to the point of losing his life (inside the belly of a great fish), Jonah cries out for mercy: “He said: ‘In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.'” Jonah 2:2. The Lord extends mercy and spares his life.

 

Chapter 3: Declaration

 

Jonah resigns himself to obey God’s call. He declares God’s truth, and all the godless people of Nineveh repent.

 

Chapter 4: Depression

 

Jonah becomes angry with God for extending mercy to those whom Jonah does not deem worthy of mercy. Ultimately, he plunges into a severe depression in which he is consumed with bitterness and despair to the extent of wanting to die. Look what he says: “O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live” John 4:3.

 

Jonah is filled with seething anger and self-pity; he makes this brief, poignant statement: “I am angry enough to die” Jonah 4:9

 

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