Throughout the history of Israel God used prophets to call his people back to him from idolatry. Sadly, the people generally did not listen. We are introduced to the prophet Jonah in the reign of Jeroboam, son of Jehoash.
“Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel became king in Samaria, and he reigned for forty-one years…He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.” (2 Kings 14:23-25 NIV)
Although we know Jonah best from the book that is named after him, he is mentioned in connection with the northern kingdom and a prophecy about the restoration of the boundaries of Israel. Continue reading “Our compassionate God”