Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 24-JAN-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Epiphany 3 – The story of Jonah is surprisingly relevant for today. God called Jonah to travel to the city of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, situated on the banks of the River Tigris and next to Mosul in modern-day Iraq. For the Jewish people it was the heartland of enemy territory. Jonah didn't want to go, and he did his best to get as far away from Nineveh as he could by going in the opposite direction; but, so the story goes, he was thrown overboard during a storm, a large fish swallowed him, and three days later he was safely vomited up onto an Assyrian beach. He made his way to Nineveh; he delivered the message that Nineveh would be overthrown in another 40 days; and surprisingly, they listened and the calamity was averted. But it didn't take the Assyrian Empire long to return to its old ways, and Jonah was very angry with God, to think that God could change his mind because of a temporary show of cheap repentance. God's love is for all, even for enemies like the Assyrian Empire – when there is repentance. God never gives up hope on anyone, even the least likely.
Jonah 3: 1-10

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