Enemy of the People
In Events Leading Up to Jonah Getting Swallowed by the Whale, Pastor Vicky discusses the events leading up to Jonah being swallowed by a whale. She starts by explaining how the Assyrian Empire, known for its cruelty, was the enemy of the Jewish people.
God instructs Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh, a part of the Assyrian Empire, and warn them of their wickedness. Jonah questions why he should warn his enemies and questions God’s intention of protecting them. Despite God’s explanation that warning them could lead to healthier habits and alliances, Jonah refuses to forgive their oppressors and sets off on a boat. A storm ensues, and Jonah is thrown into the sea, where he is swallowed by a huge fish.
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