Concern

A week ago, seed heads covered the tree out front. Yesterday David commented on the amount of shade the tree is providing. The seed heads fell and the leaves unfurled. I can understand Jonah’s concern about the plant that shaded him.

Jonah 4:10, 11, “But the Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left – and also many animals?’ ” Modern English Version

 

“Jonah and his fellow Israelites traditionally rejoiced in God’s special mercies to Israel but wished only His wrath on their enemies. God here rebukes such hardness and proclaims his own gracious benevolence. . . . Cannot tell their right hand from their left. Like small children . . . the Ninevites needed God’s fatherly compassion. Also many animals. God’s concern extended even to domestic animals. . .” New International Version Study Bible Notes

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