JOEL OVERVIEW

Joel Overview

Tomorrow we will read the book of Joel.

The Book of Joel states that its author was the Prophet Joel (Joel 1:1). Scholars believe this book was between 835 and 800 B.C although no kings are mentioned in the writing making it a challenge for the precise years to be determined. Joel means “Jehovah is God or Lord is my God”.

As we read we will see the land has just been devoured by swarm of locusts, leaving nothing green to eat. Joel is speaking to Judah. Once again he is calling them to repent and return to God. He believed the famine happened because of their sin, and God had this occur as their judgment.

Joel is highlighted by two major events. One is the invasion of locusts and the other the outpouring of the Spirit. We will read about the invasion of the locusts. Joel uses these happenings as the catalyst to send words of warning to Judah. Unless the people repent quickly and completely, enemy armies will devour the land as did the natural elements. Joel appeals to all the people and the priests of the land to fast and humble themselves as they seek God’s forgiveness. If they will respond, there will be renewed material and spiritual blessings for the nation. But the Day of the Lord is coming. At this time the dreaded locusts will seem as gnats in comparison, as all nations receive His judgment.

The initial fulfillment of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is quoted by Peter in Acts 2 as having taken place at Pentecost.

Key verses from Joel are Joel 2:25 & 28: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten……”And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

So how can the words in Joel mean anything to us today?? Whenever the Old Testament speaks of judgment for sin (individual or national sin), the advent of Jesus Christ is foreshadowed. The prophets of the Old Testament continually warned Israel to repent, but even when they did, their repentance was limited to law-keeping and works (rituals). Their temple sacrifices were a mere shadow of the ultimate sacrifice, JESUS….offered once for all time, which would come at the cross (Hebrews 10:10). Joel tells us that God’s ultimate judgment will be “great and terrible. Who can endure it?” (Joel 2:11). The answer is that we, on our own, can never endure such a moment. But if we have placed our faith in Christ for atonement of our sins, we have nothing to fear from the Day of Judgment.

I have many favorite verses from Joel that are very applicable In my life. I cling to these verses in challenging times. I find great comfort in the promises and am ever so grateful that because I have chosen Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior…will be spared from the final judgement. God desires that we all are spared from this; however, if Anyone does not choose Him then there will be a final judgement. As I mentioned before…..NONE OF US can save ourselves regardless of how “kind” our actions may be. There is ONLY ONE way to be saved and John 3:16 tells us that “For God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY son for WHOSOEVER would believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” I don’t care who you are or what you have done or what you are going through…..you and me are WHOSOEVERs! We have been given an awesome chance to line ourselves up with God so much that we agree with Him. We acknowledge that the sins of the world are wrong and we can change to His standards not our own. HOW do we do that? I’m so glad you asked…… be in your Bible. His words will pierce our heart and change us forever. Check out Romans 12:1-2.

Sharing HIS LOVE,

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