The Greatness of God’s Mercy, is found in the remarkable account of Jonah, which I suggest that all Calvinists read. For here they will find, that their theory that God only loves and cares for a certain “elect” people, is not based upon the Holy Word of God. We read in verse 2 of chapter 1, that God tells Jonah to “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me." But, we all know that Jonah, being a Calvinist, was not too concerned with the salvation of these lost souls, as they were not part of the “elect”, and therefore he got on to a ship going in the opposite direction, to run away from God, as his duty to proclaim the Gospel to these people. God, we read, had other plans. We read in the beginning of the third chapter, that God again said to Jonah to go and preach to these wicked people. Jonah, as we can read in the story, went with a heavy heart. We are then told, “And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" (v.4). How did these people respond? We read on: “So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?” ( verses 5-9) How then did God respond to the peoples actions? We read on: “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it” (v.10). Note: “God saw their works”. But, wait for it, remember that Jonah the Calvinist, was not having any of this, for we read, “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry” (4:1), and he complained to the Lord, “So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm” (v.2). We then read of the plant that God prepared to protect Jonah from the sun, and the worm that God also prepared to destroy the same plant.(verses 6-9), and again this Calvinist complained to God for what He did. “But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night” (v10) But the verse that sums up the Greatness of the Mercy of God, is found in the final words that the Lord had for Jonah: “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?" (v.11) Some facts 1. God, in His abundant Mercy, asked Jonah to go to preach the Gospel of Salvation of these wicked people of Nineveh. 2. Even though Jonah though he could run away and frustrate the plans of God for this great city, God nonetheless, through some extreme measures as we read of them in the whole book, ensured that this message of hope was finally brought to these hopeless people. 3. We are told that the kind ordered all his subjects, “from the greatest to the least of them”, to repent before the Lord as a direct response to the preaching of Jonah. In the hope that God would see them and have mercy on them. 4. We then read that this is exactly what God did do, “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it” 5. We then see God rebuke Jonah for his care for a plant that he had no control over its growth or destruction, and that he cared no for the salvation of these hopeless people. 6. Finally, we read of how God had pity on this great city, where we are told that everyone, “from the greatest to the least of them” were saved. No one who is honest with themselves, can ever doubt the Greatness of the Mercy of God, when we read of the measures that God took to ensure the salvation of these wicked sinners. Does any assume that all of these were “elect”; or, do we read from these whole account in this great book, that God’s love for mankind in NOT LIMITED by our theological bias. Calvinist, how do you respond to God’s Great love and mercy for these sinners? Are you saying that after the Cross, that God has changed His view of Salvation?