God’s justice is retributive—it deals with sin as sin deserves—it is this reality that both terrifies the unrepentant and comforts the humble.
Yahweh comforts his oppressed and plundered people with a vision of what lies ahead—a judgment that doesn’t just bring deliverance, but restoration to glory as well.
God gives his people hope, in the midst of their grief, by directing their eyes to Mount Zion from where their hope comes and to assure them that they will one day feast in his presence.
In this section we see that God comforts his afflicted people with a promise that he will judge those who mistreat his people.
God gives and removes temporal blessings in order to teach Jonah to value the gifts he gives out of his free and loving grace.
Jonah confesses that he is frustrated with God’s unchanging mercy and compassion, but it is that mercy that is his only hope.
But, as we will see in our passage this morning, God is a God of second chances who delights in showing compassion and is pleased when we confess that we have nothing to offer him.
By enduring the curse of the Law, God removes its sting and transforms deadly curses into something life-giving and beautiful.
The Lord offers a sacrifice for our salvation and we are transformed into those who offer ourselves in worship and life back to Him.
God hurls a storm at Jonah in order to draw others to faith in him.
God prepares Israel for the absence of their mediator by the recording of his word and the appointment of officers to administer that word.
Christ is simultaneously the Triumphant King, the Lion of Judah, and the Suffering Servant, the Lamb of God – in fact, he gains his triumph through suffering.