March 13. Harry wondered sometimes if the OT God was a different kind of God to how we see God today, as a God of mercy. If God had fierce anger against the people of Nineveh, whom we read were very evil in their ways, how would he relate to us, South Africans? How would he see us on a political level or with regard to any other personal form of sin or wrong-doing? Do we each have to take personal responsibility and own up for any corruption or violence?
The king of Nineveh made a proclamation, “Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not?” Jonah 3:1-10.
Pope Francis: According to human logic it seems reasonable for God to think of rejecting an unfaithful people; they had not observed their pact with God and deserved just punishment. But God speaking through the prophet says, “I will not execute my fierce anger, for I am God and not man. (Hos 11:8-9)” MV 21.