I read/wrote last night. This will be short for I am very sick with a fever, it causes my arthritis to flare, I worked then school last night till 9 pm and I repeat that today. 😦 I know this book runs deep. Shooooot, we could dissect it all year! I am going to leave it up to you all, (ya’ll) to discuss it. Brian, you lead off with your comments to me in email yesterday. Here are some surface thoughts.
Many people quote this book “I will repay you for the years the locust have eaten”, but may not know what the Scripture really references in context. Read it in the context of the captivity. I read it as a judgment on the Southern Kingdom, Judah. This book is about the Final Day of Judgment that we will all receive.
Joel, in Hebrew Yo’el, means “Yahweh is God”. As we see the purpose of judgment is for God to show that He is the Lord of Lords. He is the One and ONLY God.
God uses His army, the swarm of locusts, to strip bare the fields. This is a foreshadow of the Coming Day of the Lord. In light of this, the book also calls the people to repentance and gives God’s people hope for the coming day of Salvation. We see in 2:28 a spiritual outpouring and in 32 it says:
“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”
Joel means “Lord is my God”. No Kings are mentioned so we have a hard time dating when this book was written, but as we read we will see the land has just been devoured by swarm of locusts, leaving nothing green to eat. Joel felt that this happened because of their sin, God had this occur as their judgment.
Joel is speaking to the Southern Kingdom, Judah, and he was the first Prophet to speak of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon ALL people (Pentecost).
This book will fascinate you and also speak to you currently, as all of them do. If we wish to be spared judgement, individually or as a nation, we must repent. We must line up with God so much that we agree with him that the sins of the world are wrong and change to His standards not ours. The way to do that is to be in your Bible. His words will pierce your heart and change us forever.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)