Jonah is a prophet of God, and he wants to do what God wants him to do or say. Then God does the unthinkable: He asks him to do the wrong thing.
Has that ever happened to you? You go to God willing to do anything, anytime, anywhere, and then God whispers your name deep in your soul, and tells you His will, and you don’t like what you’ve heard?
That is what happened to Jonah, and he ran in the opposite direction. He heads for Tarshish 2,000 because he didn’t want to save the Ninevites.