Jonah, the Older Brother

The conclusion to the book of Jonah presents us with two responses to the grace. On the one hand, Nineveh, a pagan Gentile city, turns to God in repentance upon hearing of impending judgment (unlike Israel or Judah at that time, who continued doing evil in God’s sight), and God graciously spares them. Yet on the other hand, Jonah becomes infuriated over this display of mercy and compassion and wishes to die. But why such hatred, bitterness and rage from a prophet who knew God was “abounding in steadfast love”? In this sermon, Pastor Matt Bedzyk looks at the conclusion to Jonah’s story and reveals the cause of his hatred by examining the response of the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son.