Was Jonah like the Pharisees?
God told him,
"Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." (Jonah 1:2)The Lord wanted to bring their impending disaster to their mind and show them the error of their ways through his servant. Jonah was irritated that God would have compassion on the Ninevites. It is apparent that he understood this to be the purpose of his preaching when we read in chapter 4:
"But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."So what's the problem?
He didn't care for the Ninevites and he didn't think they deserved mercy. The Pharisees saw the "sinners" in the same way. They were worthless rubbish who deserved nothing of God's grace. May we never view any lost people in such a way.
On another note, here is one of my favorite verses from Jonah (2):
8 Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.