In the book of Jonah, we see a God who is merciful contrasted with the prejudices of his people.
Nineveh had been a wicked thorn in Israel’s side, infecting terror and cruelty. Jonah didn’t want to go preach the message of judgement to them because he knew God would be merciful to them (4:2). God is quick to teach Jonah that His compassion and forgiveness extend far beyond what Jonah expects or desires.
It’s never a good idea to run from God. God is a God of second chances (3:1) and just as God heard when Jonah called from the stomach of the great big fish, and Ninevah when they heard Jonah’s message, He offers us second, third, and fourth chances to call on Him and be saved.
No one is beyond God’s forgiveness and love. God will deliver ALL who call out to Him….regardless of your background, way of life, ethnic group….ALL who call on the name of the Lord will be saved
“In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”