It brings to mind certain condemnations of adulterous Nephites – where it is emphasized that the Lamanites, because of their ignorance of The Law, are in better standing before God than the Nephites.]]>
I know you’re joking, but I think the Lord is referring “hand” as a symbol for the deeds we do. Perhaps in this instance the people of Nineveh did not know right from wrong.]]>
What do you suppose the bit about the people that can’t discern between their right and left hands means? That the people are simple minded – or maybe they are incapable of making decent choices? I thought it was an interesting description.
As a full disclosure, I must have been absent during the kindergarten class for directions; left, right and so on. I always have trouble being a navigator when travelling somewhere. Interestlingly, this only applies when speaking English. I never had any problems with right and left, navigating, directions in taxis, or otherwise in Bulgaria on my mission.]]>
Like me, I think many of them had simply never taken the time to dissect what Jonah is really saying here.]]>
That’s not important. Anyone who thinks they are going to read some new-for-the-world insight into the Old Testament today is probably deluded. The book has been around for centuries and has been studied by brilliant people who devote their entire lives to it. You might as well try to invent a new way to crack an egg.
The point and value of scripture is to bring something new to the reader. You’ve understood a valuable lesson and articulated some very good thoughts and you should be happy for that.]]>