What is the overarching message from the Book of Jonah that helps us today? What are the ways that we can get confused about or struggle with God's purpose in one's life?

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The overarching message of Jonah is that we must obey God's commands, even if they go against our wishes and desires. The second overarching message is that mercy is a great good—one which God models in sparing Nineveh.

Jonah is instructed by God to tell the people of the Assyrian city of Nineveh to repent of their sins or they will soon be destroyed by God. Jonah doesn't want to do this, so he flees and gets passage on board a ship. However, God sends a great storm that threatens to destroy the ship. When Jonah admits he is the cause of the storm, the sailors throw him overboard. He is...

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