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2023 August 29
Jonah 4

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Image Source: Hitchhiking the Word

Today's painting depicts several elements from Jonah's experiences,
and it features the gourd which gave shade to Jonah while he sat watching Nineveh,
hoping that the LORD would move against it in judgment.
Jonah did this in spite of the fact that the LORD had granted Nineveh forgiveness and respite from pending destruction.

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4. Jonah's Further Correction by God (Jonah 4:1 - Jonah 4:11) - 785 B.C. Israel

     1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
     5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the Lord GOD prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote [this] the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished [this] in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10 Then said the LORD, Thou [You, or You yourself] hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night [literally, son of a night], and perished in a night [literally, son of a night]: 11 And should not I [I myself] spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

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     Explanation: In Jonah 4 Jonah becomes upset with the LORD for sparing Nineveh and goes outside the city to wait and see what would happen to it. While he waits a gourd grows up and gives him extra shade in addition to the shelter provided by a booth which he constructed. But God prepared a worm which killed the gourd, removing its shade, and then sent a hot east wind. Under this double assault Jonah fainted; and, in anger, he asked to die. But the LORD rebuked him for having "pity on the gourd" but not on the people and the animals which were spared, especially the young children.

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