Thoughts and Reflection
Today we learn that chaos is what remains in Israel after murders and a series of new kings. The Assyrians invade Israel and take the people into exile and this begins the destruction of the Northern Kingdom. We are later introduced to the prophet Jonah who meets Jeroboam II, who is an evil king of Israel. God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh in Assyria and call the people to repentance. Judah refuses and turns away running to Tarshish. The Assyrians are the enemies of the Israelites and Jonah does not want the people of Nineveh to repent and experience God’s mercy. Instead, he wants them to suffer for their sins.
The Lord demonstrates his kindness and mercy by calling the enemies of his people to repentance. Jonah is upset when the Lord spares Nineveh from destruction and is all when the plant that he used for shade dies. The Lord inquiries why Jonah has more pity for a plant than for the people of Nineveh.
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2 Kings 15
1 In the seventeenth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Uzziah son of Amaziah became king of Judah.
3 He did what Yahweh regards as right, just as his father Amaziah had done.
4 The high places, however, were not abolished, and the people still offered sacrifices and incense on the high places.
5 But Yahweh struck the king, and he was afflicted with a virulent skin-disease till his dying day. He lived confined to his room, while Jotham the king’s son, who was master of the palace, governed the country.
6 The rest of the history of Uzziah, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah?
9 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh, as his fathers had done; he did not give up the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel. Shallum son of Jabesh plotted against him, murdered him at Ibleam,
15 The rest of the history of Shallum, and the plot he hatched, is recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel.
16 Menahem then sacked Tappuah — killing all who were in it — and its territory from Tirzah onwards, because it had not opened its gates to him; he sacked the town and disembowelled all the pregnant women.
18 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh, he did not give up the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel. In his days
19 Pul king of Assyria invaded the country. Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver in return for his support in strengthening his hold on the royal power.
21 The rest of the history of Menahem, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?
24 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh; he did not give up the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel.
26 The rest of the history of Pekahiah, his entire career, is recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel.
28 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh; he did not give up the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel.
29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel-Beth-Maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead and Galilee — the whole territory of Naphtali and deported the population to Assyria.
31 The rest of the history of Pekah, his entire career, is recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel.
34 He did what Yahweh regards as right, just as his father Uzziah had done.
36 The rest of the history of Jotham, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah?
3 Jonah set about running away from Yahweh, and going to Tarshish. He went down to Jaffa and found a ship bound for Tarshish; he paid his fare and boarded it, to go with them to Tarshish, to get away from Yahweh.
4 But Yahweh threw a hurricane at the sea, and there was such a great storm at sea that the ship threatened to break up.
5 The sailors took fright, and each of them called on his own god, and to lighten the ship they threw the cargo overboard. Jonah, however, had gone below, had lain down in the hold and was fast asleep,
6 when the boatswain went up to him and said, ‘What do you mean by sleeping? Get up! Call on your god! Perhaps he will spare us a thought and not leave us to die.’
7 Then they said to each other, ‘Come on, let us draw lots to find out who is to blame for bringing us this bad luck.’ So they cast lots, and the lot pointed to Jonah.
9 He replied, ‘I am a Hebrew, and I worship Yahweh, God of Heaven, who made both sea and dry land.’
12 He replied, ‘Take me and throw me into the sea, and then it will calm down for you. I know it is my fault that this great storm has struck you.’
14 So at last they called on Yahweh and said, ‘O, Yahweh, do not let us perish for the sake of this man’s life, and do not hold us responsible for causing an innocent man’s death; for you, Yahweh, have acted as you saw fit.’
15 And taking hold of Jonah they threw him into the sea; and the sea stopped raging.
2 From the belly of the fish, Jonah prayed to Yahweh, his God; he said:
3 Out of my distress I cried to Yahweh and he answered me, from the belly of Sheol I cried out; you heard my voice!
5 then I thought, ‘I am banished from your sight; how shall I ever see your holy Temple again?’
11 Yahweh spoke to the fish, which then vomited Jonah onto the dry land.
3 Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of Yahweh. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare; to cross it took three days.
4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city and then proclaimed, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown.’
5 And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.
7 He then had it proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles, as follows: ‘No person or animal, herd or flock, may eat anything; they may not graze, they may not drink any water.
1 This made Jonah very indignant; he fell into a rage.
2 He prayed to Yahweh and said, ‘Please, Yahweh, isn’t this what I said would happen when I was still in my own country? That was why I first tried to flee to Tarshish, since I knew you were a tender, compassionate God, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, who relents about inflicting disaster.
4 Yahweh replied, ‘Are you right to be angry?’
7 But at dawn the next day, God ordained that a worm should attack the castor-oil plant — and it withered.
8 Next, when the sun rose, God ordained that there should be a scorching east wind; the sun beat down so hard on Jonah’s head that he was overcome and begged for death, saying, ‘I might as well be dead as go on living.’
11 So why should I not be concerned for Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, to say nothing of all the animals?’
1 [Of David] I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart, for you have listened to the cry I uttered. In the presence of angels I sing to you,
3 You heard me on the day when I called, and you gave new strength to my heart.
4 All the kings of the earth give thanks to you, Yahweh, when they hear the promises you make;
5 they sing of Yahweh’s ways, ‘Great is the glory of Yahweh!’
6 Sublime as he is, Yahweh looks on the humble, the proud he picks out from afar.
8 Yahweh will do all things for me. Yahweh, your faithful love endures for ever, do not abandon what you have made.