Reluctant to Repent

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Jonah 4
Jonah was angry that God relented, it seemed “very wrong” to him. Jonah the “son of truth” could not fit this response into his ideology. Perhaps this is the reason he ran and was reluctant. He expected God to be tough on the proud, like Obadiah reveals one step back in the biblical narrative. God “relented” and decided to be compassionate.
God interacts with Jonah, seeking to reason with him. The book ends with a question to Jonah and we wonder what Jonah will do. Goldingay says that the writer ends the book without Jonah’s answer because we are intended to answer it for ourselves. Jonah is polemical book, seeking to lead us to transformation and change.