Jonah was called by God to prophesy to people who would eventually be brutal to the Jews and take Judah into captivity. Jonah didn’t want to preach to them—and he didn’t want them to repent. The Ninevites temporarily and sincerely repented even though God’s people in Judah continually refused to repent. Even the king put off his kingly arrogance and attire and put on sackcloth and ashes. God will save anyone for as long as they are willing to repent. God wants us to focus on our own response to Him rather than how others respond to God.