Jonah 4 Jonah’s Anger And God’s Kindness.
Jonah was angry because the people of Nineveh repented. He says that he knew this would happen, because the LORD is gracious and merciful (vv. 1-2), and as a result he wanted to die (v. 3). The LORD asked him the rhetorical question if it was right for him to think this way (v. 4). Jonah then made a shelter for himself and waited to see what would happen to the city (v. 5). Then the LORD provided shade for Jonah, “to deliver him from his misery,” for which Jonah was grateful (v. 6). However, the next day this plant withered and Jonah had no more shade, and again wanted to die (vv. 7-8). Again, the LORD asks him if he has a right to be angry, since it was out of mercy that shade was provided. Jonah thought he was right to be angry. But the LORD confronted him and made clear, that the plant for shade was also an act of mercy that he did not deserve, which would become a lesson for what he needed to learn with respect to Nineveh (vv. 9-10).