This long parable story about the 2 sons can only be found in Luke, not in any of the other gospel stories. Luke indicated that Jesus said that the older son answered his father by saying (ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν τῷ πατρὶ) that all these years he had been working like a slave or servant for his father (Ἰδοὺ τοσαῦτα ἔτη δουλεύω σοι). He never disobeyed any of his commands (καὶ οὐδέποτε ἐντολήν σου παρῆλθον). Yet his father had never even given him a young goat (καὶ ἐμοὶ οὐδέποτε ἔδωκας ἔριφον) so that he could celebrate with his friends (ἵνα μετὰ τῶν φίλων μου εὐφρανθῶ). The older son was mad at his father because he had done everything right for many years, but he was never allowed to have any celebrations with his friends. He had tried to do the right thing, but he was never rewarded for that. Do you ever feel taken for granted because you always try to do what is right?
Luke continued his unique story about this trip in Samaria. He noted that Jesus’ disciples (δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ), James and John (Ἰάκωβος καὶ Ἰωάνης), the Zebedee brothers, the sons of thunder, saw (ἰδόντες) what this village did. They asked Jesus (καὶ Ἰωάνης εἶπαν), calling him Lord (Κύριε), if he wanted them (θέλεις) to call down fire (εἴπωμεν πῦρ) from heaven (ἀπὸ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ) in order to consume them (καὶ ἀναλῶσαι αὐτούς). Elijah, in 2 Kings, chapter 1:9-16, called down fire to consume the 100 messengers of the northern Israelite King of Samaria, King Ahaziah. Did John and James want to do something like that? Have you ever been so mad that you wanted to destroy some people?
Thus, the story of Jonah ends with a reprimand for Jonah. Jonah continued to argue that he had the right to be mad. At times, he sounded like Job and his complaints. God, not Yahweh, asked him if he had a right to be angry. Jonah insisted that he was so angry that he was willing to die. Then Yahweh asked him about the bush. It appeared one day and was gone the next day. Jonah did nothing to make it grow, so why was he so angry about the dead bush. On the other hand, Yahweh was concerned about the great city of Nineveh with 120,000 people and lots of animals. Yet, there was a parting shot at the people of Nineveh. Apparently, they were so dumb that they could not tell their right hand from their left hand.
Not only did Jonah refuse to take on this mission originally, now he was mad that God had not followed through on his original proclamation. He looked like a fool, since he went around screaming about the 40 days until Nineveh would be destroyed. Now, there was to be no destruction. Jonah was not a happy man. He was angry.
Jonah was quite frank with these sailors. He told them to pick him up and throw him into the sea. Then the sea would quiet down for them. He knew that this great storm came to them because of him, since Yahweh was mad at him.
Hosea declared that the day of punishment and compensation has come to Israel. Meanwhile, the Israelites cried out that the prophets were fools. They said that the spiritual men were mad. All of this great iniquity happened, because their hostility was so great.
Yahweh, via Ezekiel, was mad at the shepherds of Israel. They were to listen to the word of Yahweh. Yahweh, their God, wanted his sheep back. These shepherds or leaders of Israel were to stop eating his sheep. Yahweh was going to rescue his sheep from the mouths of these shepherds. Yahweh’s sheep would no longer be their food.
The God Yahweh was mad at the people of Jerusalem. They had defiled his sanctuary. They had brought in all those detestable abominations into the Temple. Thus Yahweh was not going to spare them, but cut them down. He was not going to show any pity. Using language similar to Jeremiah, there were three main options for dying. However, Ezekiel was more precise. One third of them would die from pestilence or famine. Another third would fall by the sword. The final third would be scattered to the winds in every direction. Yahweh was going to let his sword loose on them.
Yahweh has become like an enemy of Israel. He bent his bow like an enemy archer about to release an arrow. His right hand was like an enemy warrior. He has killed all the important prideful people of Zion. He has poured out his fury like a raging fire. Yahweh was really mad. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Daleth. Each verse after this will use the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet in this acrostic poem.
Babylon was like a golden cup of God’s wrath. The various nations drank this wrath from this golden cup. Thus they got drunk and went mad. Now suddenly Babylon has fallen and fell into many pieces. You can cry for her. You can try to heal her wounds, in hopes that she would be healed. Everyone tried to heal Babylon, but nothing worked. Then Yahweh said that you could cry and wail for her. Nevertheless, everyone should go to their own country. The judgment against Babylon has reached to the high heavens. Yahweh has enacted his vengeance and vindication. They were now to return to Zion, Jerusalem, to declare the works of Yahweh, their God. Bye-bye Babylon!