Jonah 4 The book of Jonah does not start well nor does it end well. Why? Jonah chooses chutzpah over chus. (pronounced khoos). It begins with Jonah’s great escape to Tarshish, which lands him in the belly of a great fish. After being re-commissioned, Jonah delivers a message of judgment to the capital city of the Assyrian empire: Ninevah. The Assyrians were a brutal bunch. They would eventually invade the Northern Kingdom, slaughtering thousands of Israelites. Jonah, whose name means “dove” was afraid of these wicked people. Because of their inhumane practices,......