What would you think if one of the many cruel leaders in our world suddenly changed his ways? What if he stopped oppressing the weak, ceased being unjust, and ended his violent aggressions against other nations? This is precisely what happened in ancient Nineveh. When God extended mercy towards the great city of Nineveh, the king and people repented. This chapter of Jonah gives us a picture of what it looks like when God extends mercy rather than judgment.
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