1:1 - The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying,
God initiates this whole ordeal.
God speaks to man
1:2 - “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”
God gives direction to man.
God knows about the evil done by man.
God brings judgment for that evil, sometimes in this life.
God punishes groups (cities/nations) for their collective sin/wickedness.
1:3 - But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Man rebels against God.
Man tries to flee from the presence of the LORD.
God commands, man rebels.