The prophet Yona (Jonah) did not believe in redemption for the wicked. When God ordered him to go to the people of Nineve, he disobeyed. What would be the point? He would deliver his prophesy of their destruction, they would repent and God with His forgiveness would grant them a reprieve. In Yona’s opinion that was a mockery of prophesy and of justice. He would rather die. Of course, when he was swallowed by the fish Yona had no compunction to cry out to God to be saved. However Yona would have said that was hardly the same thing. He would have explained that he wasn’t evil but a good person deserving of God’s compassion.
In the end of the story the people of Nineve do repent and are saved. The people of Nineve are pagans. The story reinforces that there is one God and He is the God of all people. The story also teaches us of God’s compassion and the power of redemption. However it is a story about the redemption of men for sins against God. Many of our sins in daily life are sins against our fellow man. We must ask redemption for those sins not from God but from the person we have sinned against. Only we can forgive those sins that are made against us. However who are we to refuse to forgive a sin made by someone against us when God is willing to forgive sins made by man[FONT=“Times New Roman”] against Him?[/FONT]