Jonah: The reading sets the stage for a failed prophet or a true prophet of the LORD. First of all Jonah hated the Ninevites – those barbaric Assyrians who, in turn, will destroy the Northern Kingdom (Israel). Jonah comes on the scene during the first half of the 8th century B.C. God tells him to preach repentance to Nineveh and rather than refuse, Jonah takes the first boat out of town. Well, as you read – that didn’t work out so well.
Gospel: Luke 8:40-56
New Testament: Acts 26:24 – 27:8
Old Testament: Jonah 1:1-17