Jonah does not want to go to Nineveh and warn the people of G-d’s displeasure with them as he fears they will repent and G-d will not destroy them. Being an unwilling prophet (and believing the people of Nineveh to be beyond salvation), Jonah flees by ship to Tarshish.

G-d creates a storm knowing His prophet Jonah will be thrown overboard to his death and he has a graphic account of dying.

Now he is ready to do G-d’s bidding and goes to Nineveh as he was told to do.

Jonah is so emotionally distressed knowing G-d will relent of his anger on Nineveh he desires to die. So G-d prepares another lesson for Jonah.

He comforts him with a shade plant so he is happy and loses his anger. Then G-d takes it away and brings wind and heat that physically make Jonah so miserable he desires to die again.

G-d will cause the circumstances and take a prophet to his death to get him to do as he is told or to offer himself for guilt as He does with His righteous servant of Isaiah 53. He will inflict emotional pain and physical pain so great the prophet will desire death.

The righteous servant of Isaiah 53 is stricken and crushed with disease and then is chastised and punished until he is suitable for G-d’s purpose and taught the scripture so that by his knowledge the many are made righteous.

And not just two moments of desiring death from physical and emotional pain like Jonah but seemingly an eternity of soul tempering and cleansing by pain and suffering.

It has taken many years of daily chastisement and punishment for me as G-d’s righteous servant to see and understand how much it has changed me. My self will is minimal and all that I do is controlled by G-d.

Keith Ellis McCarty, Esquire


1The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim judgment upon it; for their wickedness has come before Me.

3Jonah, however, started out to flee to Tarshish from the Lord’s service. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went aboard to sail with the others to Tarshish, away from the service of the Lord.

4But the Lord cast a mighty wind upon the sea, and such a great tempest came upon the sea that the ship was in danger of breaking up.

10The men were greatly terrified, and they asked him, “What have you done?” And when the men learned that he was fleeing from the service of the Lord—for so he told them— 11they said to him, “What must we do to you to make the sea…

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