Jonah was not only a reluctant prophet; he was a rebellious, running prophet who hated Nineveh, and its inhabitants. Yet, God loved the people and sent them Jonah as a messenger of repentance.
Jonah walked into the city and proclaimed, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” Jonah 3:4 We see the greatest revival take place in a land of great evil.
Hear what God tells us about that great day…
“So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?” Jonah 3:5-9 (KJB)
When this happened Jonah not only was a reluctant prophet, he was a pouting prophet. O there should have been rejoicing from the heart, soul, and mind of this man; but no there was pouting.
We ought rejoice over one soul who repents (see Luke 15:7 & 10), and turns to the Lord. Here we find in one day that there were over 120,000 who repented and believed.
God forgive the Christian who will not share the gospel with one who we have deemed unworthy. We are all unworthy of the gospel of Christ, and His grace.