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Joel 2:1-11 – The Day of the Lord

Once again, the locust plague is described but this time it is described as a Day of the LORD – a day of God coming to judge.

The imagery is of a trumpet blast sounding an alarm as the LORD approaches causing people to tremble. The Day of the LORD is a day of darkness and gloom, clouds, and thick darkness. The locusts are described as if they are a great army of horses and chariots coming to devastate the land. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. This reminds us of the devastating effects of sin where the beauty and life of Eden is taken away by sinfulness.

The sound of the locusts is like the sound of an earthquake. The sun and moon are darkened by the mass of locusts coming upon the land. And perhaps even more terrifying is that it is the LORD himself, whose voice is like thunder, that leads this army at its head. The locust army is the LORD’s army, led by him to execute his designs.

The passage ends with the question that given the Day of the LORD is great and very awesome who can stand?