Back in February Facebook added LGBT-friendly relationship status options. For many people “It’s Complicated” is what their relationship status looks and feels like. Same thing for Jonah and God. Look at this messy relationship in today’s reading Jonah 4:1-11.
Jonah’s short story, as Wellhausen has best expressed it, is directed “against the impatience of the Jewish believers, who are fretting because, notwithstanding all predictions, the antitheocratic world-empire has not yet been destroyed;—because Yhwh is still postponing His judgment of the heathen, giving them further time for repentance. Yhwh, it is hinted, is hoping that they will turn from their sins in the eleventh hour; and He has compassion for the innocent ones, who would perish with the guilty.”