A Perspective from the land of Nineveh Assyria. A lesson tool for Lesson 39 Loving People
you Dis-like. (The Prophet Jonah)
June 15, 770 BC
Don’t get sidetracked fig-
uring out how the Assyr-
ians know its 770 BC. Just
This paper is an attempt to Jonah Ignores the “Word of the Lord.” Draws Short Straw! Ends up on Foam Blubber Mattress!
create an ancient newspa-
per from Assyria using a
little creative license while API-Assyrian Press International from the Lord that we found a way
adhering to the core Bibli- to save the crew. The sailors had
cal details of Jonah. It has been a repentant week in
already lost all their goods and
Nineveh since the recent visit of
many on board had given up. The
Special points of interest: Jonah from the land of Israel.
prophet named Jonah instructed
Sources indicate that he received
∗ Sackcloth and Ashes Stock the sailors to throw him overboard
a message from the Lord that he
Prices Skyrocket! and they would most likely be
was to deliver to Nineveh, but
∗ Beach Vacation travel way saved. The sailors were extremely
chose to go to Joppa and take a
down nervous about throwing a prophet belly of a large fish before being
boat to Tarshisis instead. One of
of the Lord overboard because vomited onto the shore. The king of
∗ Fish Cologne sales picking the sailors on the boat reported
what if the Lord punished them for Nineveh stated “We have no reason
up.. that a storm came upon them of
their actions? to doubt Jonah’s story. If you could
Biblical proportions! “We offered
∗ Sacks fifth Avenue starts have smelled him when he arrived
up sacrifices to our gods, and Jonah claims to have been swal-
there was no doubt where he had
tossed our livelihood overboard, lowed by a large fish that carried
∗ 40 day countdown begins. been!” In a show of solidarity the
but nothing was working. We knew him back to the coast west of Nine-
People repent! Story Continued on Page 2
we were going to die!” veh where he had to walk the re-
Inside this issue: maining distance. Jonah spent
It was only after a sleeping pas-
three days and three nights in the
senger admitted he was running
Jonah Ignores Lord 1
Hook and Skewer Sales 1 People’s Repentance and Fasting Causes Hook and Skewer Sales to Plummet!
2 The recent repentant activity through- through a person’s mouth and lips fected torture to an art providing the
Israel Not Happy with
out the city including fasting has what am I supposed to do?” Another most pain possible before death!”
caused hook and skewer production to soldier who specializes in impaling
Jonah awaits Demise 2 Nineveh has been known as one of the
be devastated! In an interview with an torture stated the the number of
torture capitals of the known world,
un-named soldier he stated that politically dead prisoners hanging on
but as repentance has become so
Assyrian Poll 3 “transporting conquered exiles is my poles out of the city has almost com-
dominant there is no hooks and skew-
livelihood! If I can’t run my hooks pletely been stopped! “I have per-
ers being purchased.
Nineveh Dispatch Page 2
Lead Story on Jonah continued.
king has ordered an extreme fast in repentance will buy us some mercy!
the city and has even declared that
Reports from The king has taken no aggressive
the livestock participate. All efforts
those near the stance against Jonah from day one. It
are being taken to show the God of
is possible that the king fears divine
prophet Jonah say Jonah that we mean business about
reprisals if he attempts to rebuke the
fasting. We want to live and we will
that he has yet to prophet of God? Assyria could squash
take any measures necessary to
Israel like a bug, but it appears all are
appear happy prove it. Reports from those near the
participating in the extreme fast.
prophet Jonah say that he has yet to
about our efforts
appear happy about our efforts to Reports from outside of Nineveh say
to show our show our contriteness. It looks as that Jonah is camped out under a
though Jonah wants Nineveh to suffer shade tree waiting for God’s wrath to Jonah preaching to the people of
contriteness. Nineveh telling them “in 40 days
destruction! Jonah has not once men- be poured out on Nineveh.
tioned how we could be spared from Nineveh will be destroyed!”
God’s wrath and we hope our show of
Israel Not too Happy with Jonah. Jonah just not too happy.
It is rumored that Jonah may lose given, but it doesn’t change the fact
We are not called many friends and supporters due to that it resulted in repentance. God
to understand his trip to Nineveh. He has crossed used all but a divine whip to get Jonah
God’s reasoning, into enemy territory and preached a there, but the result is undisputable.
message to the Assyrians which has
but we are called A principle is learned from Jonah’s
caused revival to break out in the land.
to obey! On top of everything else, this is the
actions that we should obey God be-
cause God Is. We are not called to
first time an Old Testament prophet Instead God used Jonah in spite of
understand God’s reasoning, but we
has carried the Gospel to a Gentile Jonah’s desire to be bitter and dis-
are called to obey! Jonah missed the
nation. There may not have been a call obedient.
joy of being obedient to God’s call.
for repentance from the message
Jonah awaits Nineveh’s demise! Fears God will be Merciful.
Jonah is reported to have been seen (described in Amos 4:2). The Assyr- again. “Hey there goes the prophet
outside the city hoping for a fire- ians were brutal in every sense of who saved our enemy” would be the
works show, but why? He was sent the word and struck fear into the cry!
outside of his home country to hearts of all nations in the land. They
Jonah was more concerned with a
prophesy to the fiercest enemy of would ultimately destroy Samaria in
shade tree than for the 120,000
his people! Chances are he was both 722 BC. Jonah’s biggest fear is that
(possibly referring to the children
angry, prejudiced, and petrified all at the people of Nineveh would repent
and women), and only God knows
once! These were the same Assyr- of their evil ways and not be de-
how many more who would have
ians who were brutal in their war stroyed. Jonah was furious! How
tactics taking people out of cities would he ever be able to face his
with fish hooks chained together people in the Northern Kingdom
Nineveh Dispatch Page 3
Assyrian Poll shows 100 Percent of the People Would Rather Repent than be turned into Ash Heap.
A recent Assyrian Poll shows that
the people of Nineveh would rather
repent and beg for God’s mercy
than be incinerated into a pile of
ashes. From day one of the arrival gave us any hope
of the prophet Jonah, his message of being spared”
has struck fear in the hearts of the
people of Nineveh.
“Jonah never gave us any hope of
being spared from his message of
destruction, but we are just hoping
our show of repentance will spare
our city,” says one official.
Does Obedience to God always bring the Result we want?
In the 1990’s a beautiful and talented that has gone by the name of the and know that while we were still “obedience
young lady attended a church with her husband still invokes bitter and angry sinners Christ died for us. If we truly
husband. All looked perfect until one feelings for his selfish actions. believe that The Bible is God’s Word, doesn’t mean you
day when the husband planned and then we must live this out.
Could you love someone like this? Is always get to pick
carried out the brutal murder of his
there a clause or exception in the Maybe we feel that some people just
adoring wife with the aid of his the final
scripture that says we must love one need to get what they deserve just like
brother. The church was in a state of
another? (1 John 3:11-15) If God told Jonah, but obedience doesn’t mean outcome.”
shock over how to react to this hei-
you to go and share the Gospel with you always get to pick the final out-
nous act. Both were members in the
such a person how hard would it be? come. Each of us has the opportunity
church, but all wanted to line up on the
to serve the God of the universe! What
side of the wife. Even with all the time Maybe we need to re-read Romans 5:8
more could anyone ask?
Closing thoughts on Jonah
One of the saddest parts of Jonah’s left his fish and chips.” (that was free) There are times we need to realize
ministry is the fact that from what we that God’s big picture view isn’t al-
When Jonah finally arrived in Nineveh
read in Jonah he never got it. He had ways our concern. He desires our
and gave them the message, his only
every earthly right to be fearful and obedience because He is God! If your
hope was that the message wouldn’t
angry with the Assyrians, but he didn’t circumstances are the measure of
take. Jonah’s book ends with a lecture
work for an earthly person. When he your happiness then you will be disillu-
to Jonah from God.
was in the fish his heart appeared to sioned as a Christian. Each of us will
be humbled, but he also believed he Jonah never appeared to enjoy being suffer through rough and unexplain-
was about to die. When he did arrive obedient to God as his Lord and Crea- able times in our lives. Our content-
at the shore he didn’t leave his chip in tor. It’s like the person who gets hung ment will only come from being in the
the fish, he took his chip and left his up on the phrase, “Why would a loving center of God’s will, and by striving to
fish. In other words “he should have God?” be obedient no matter what.