History is full of accounts of missionaries that went to a people that would likely kill them. Sometimes that did happen. Yet, many people of gotten saved because of the efforts of missionaries that were ready to deliver the gospel to vicious people or become martyrs.
Jonah’s mindset was one of surrender to God, but he couldn’t let go of his hatred for the Assyrians who were famous for their cruelty. They would do things like cut people’s feet off and let them bleed to death. They would impale people and also flay (skin) them alive. No doubt he felt he would just be going to suffer a cruel and painful death. He decided to deliver the message, then watch God destroy these unrepentant people.
The modern day equivalent could easily be ISIS. They are known for their cruelty, especially toward Christians. I spent a few minutes imagining what delivering the gospel to these people would be like. I imagined fear would take over in my heart. I had thoughts of dying on the Middle Eastern desert and left there like common carrion. What about the language barrier? Then I imagined that God had prepared their hearts and erased the communication gap. The people responded by trusting Jesus as Savior. God changed the entire spiritual climate in the Middle East through a great awakening!
God spoke to my heart to pray for their salvation rather than their demise.
“Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.” Jonah 3:2.
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