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Jonah: From Hatred to Hope
In the 8th century BC, before the time of Laozi, the ancient Near Eastern world was ravaged and dominated by a savage imperialistic superpower: Assyria, with the city of Nineveh as its capital. Nineveh was an ancient city with a harsh and bloody past: the name of its first king (Nimrud) sounds in the old language like “we shall rebel!” Nineveh was a culturally and technologically advanced society for its time — but also full of the darkness and corruption that happens in humans when we’re not close to 神. Nineveh’s national gods were gods of wealth, power, sex, war. These gods represented what the people valued the most. There was no consideration of the value of human life, and no concern for making life better.
The Jonah document is a story of 神’s heart: He truly hates the terrible things people do to themselves and to each other, and He will stop it. But His heart is also very, very generous and kind. If there is any hope for people, He will help!
It tells the story of Jonah, a man from a small country that had been brutalized by Assyria — how he hated the Assyrians, and wanted 神 to destroy them. But something happened to Jonah, and even though his feelings didn’t change, he became the very one to show the Assyrians the road of hope! It’s a crazy story, a true story of hope for people who were very, very far from the way. You may even get to live this story in your own world! Enjoy the audio!