How should a city respond to gospel preaching? The response to Jonah’s five-word sermon (in Hebrew) to Niveneh is summarized in four words.
The Ninevites believed God.
God had sent them a message, a clear message, a message with a fixed timeline to respond. Now they had a choice to make? The clock was ticking.
The leader (king) of the city took the warning seriously. The entire resident population heeded the call and the impending judgment was averted. Tragically Nahum (a later prophet) records a return to ‘their old ways’ and destruction comes upon them.
Throughout history God has been sending messages, calls to repentance, opportunities to be spared judgment. Read the pages of both Testaments and you will discover plenty of evidence for such an assertion.
Noah is commanded to build an ark, and after 120 years of serving as a ‘preacher of righteousness,’ his congregation amounts to just…
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