The book begins with the phrase “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah…” (v 1, ESV) The book begins with God and His word front and center. He is the main character of this amazing story. In addition, we see the Lord taking initiative. He has a Word to speak through Jonah to a people far away from Him. He initiates this plan and invites Jonah to be a participant in it. Will Jonah obey the Lord’s word and the Lord’s way? Or will Jonah seek his own way?