Powerful wrestling

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“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.  So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.”

Jonah 4:1 – 2

The whole of the OT burns with a feverish desire to defeat opposing powers.  there are grand visions of that coming kingdom where every relationship is properly restored and when the whole of creation — people, animals, plants and every other creature — will be in perfect accord with God’s intentions for it.  The OT longs for this kingdom’s final revealing and categorically states its promise that Yahweh shall indeed finally overcome.

The picture of Yahweh’s powerful wrestling against those powers and forces which oppose His liberating and gracious authority is tied closely with the doxological theme – the glory of Yahweh-Adonai shall be revealed among all peoples.  Then every human being shall come to know Him as He really is, as Jonah knew Him.

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