Here’s lesson 2 in our re-run of the Jonah Bible study.
After Jonah’s “wake up call,” God clarified what He wanted Jonah to do. God was calling Jonah to travel from Gath-hepher 500 miles northeast to Nineveh to call the people to repentance. 500 miles. No planes. No trains. No automobiles. This was going to be a stroll across a hot desert either on foot or possibly on a camel or donkey. (Somehow, I seem to be strangely drawn to these guys who wander around in the desert! :0)
Back in the day, the average amount of ground people covered on such excursions—“a day’s journey”—was somewhere around 20 miles a day. So a 500 mile trip took about 25 days of travel. Throw in a few Sabbaths (when he would have to have parked and rested), and he would have been on the road for about a month.
Nineveh was built by Noah’s great grandson, Nimrod (Yes…
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