“And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Let us learn today from the cow.
This is the very last verse of the book of Jonah. After an entire book about evangelism where a disobedient prophet is finally used by God to save an entire city, the book ends this way with God saying, “Should I not pity Nineveh…in which there are more than 120,000 persons…and also much cattle?” The End.
What!? Why in the world would God end a book where we have just seen the conversion of 120,000 by writing about how God has pity on cattle?
Consider: Could you make a cow? Could you make a cow out of absolutely nothing? Perhaps you have not properly marveled at cows. They are astonishing creations. Out of nothing, God created an animals that grows from small cells into a massive breathing, walking, chewing, living organism. If you can properly appreciate the wonder of creating a cow, then that will help you appreciate a human. If God himself appreciates the creation of His animals, then He certainly appreciates humans whom He has made in His image. Do you appreciate them?