There is a backstory to Obadiah’s prophesy against the nation of Edom. It’s a story about God’s sovereign control over history as he works everything together for his glory and our good. And it’s a story about how human disappointments and failures can produce bitter pride that troubles multiple generations.
God gives Jonah a second chance to go to Nineveh, not because Jonah deserved it but because God wanted to do something great in Nineveh. And he wanted Jonah to be a part of it. God wants to work his miracle of mercy by meeting people in their mess, and he wants to use his people to be a part of this miracle.
Everyone experiences pain and disappointment. There are tough chapters in most of our stories. We can learn from Jonah’s toughest chapter. He thought he was done for. But then he came to faith that God was ordering his circumstances to teach him important lessons.
Those who walk in the fear of the Lord obey his direction and are sent by him on a mission of love. At the beginning of Jonah’s story we see examples false fear and partial fear. But we also see the outcome of genuine fear of God. We then learn it’s best source.