“But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).
It is a strange contradiction, having voiced a spirit of thanksgiving, and acknowledging the redeeming work of the Lord’s salvation, that the prophet would be resentful of God’s compassion and lovingkindness being extended to the pagan peoples of Nineveh. How easily it can happen, that we become so satisfied sitting in our sanctuaries, thinking that salvation is for the likes of us, that we lose sight of the greater reality of God’s salvation, that it is all the more for those not yet here among us.