Having run in the opposite direction when God first asked him to go to Nineveh, Jonah seems to have achieved the single greatest preaching result in history, leading the Assyrian king and all the Ninevites offering repentance. So, why is Jonah so upset? Our message, Something Smells Fishy, will come from Jonah 3:1-5, 10.
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (NRSV)
3The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. 10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.