What can a book like Jonah possibly say to us today in a world of convenience, comfort, pleasure and ever-changing technology—but also a world that can be unexpectedly turned upside down by natural disasters and pandemics? Our God never changes, and His truth is timeless. His purposes and plans remain intact and on course just as they did in Jonah’s day.
Jonah’s struggle is our struggle. His pride and presumption is a reflection of our heart. His reluctance to do what God asked of him is a reminder that we too find it difficult to trust God when we do not understand His ways. By examining God’s work through the reluctant ministry of Jonah, this book will strengthen the faith of every serious student of God’s word whose desire is to better understand His heart for all people and our responsibility to reach them with the gospel.
When Jesus was on earth, he spoke of only a few prophets by name, one of them was Jonah, who was a sign of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jonah’s life and words are timely for all ages. Mary Ann Bishop has masterfully brought the book of Jonah to life, and constructed a life-applicational study that needs to be read and studied by 21st century Christians.
Dr. Philip Comfort
Senior Bible Reference Editor and Author; Professor of Greek and New Testament