The Lord showed mercy & compassion despite the prophet’s self-centeredness. God does the same for us. We can be stubborn & display unreasonable anger, we can even say stupid things & yet God continues to pour out his mercy. Even when we tenaciously take irrational stands, He still loves us. Jonah had more concern over the death of a plant, than he did for the physical & spiritual deaths of over 100,000 people. We can be just as selfish sometimes. God mercifully ignores Jonah’s insolence & instead confronts the prophet.