Joel

Joel

Joel 3:1-21 – The Glorious Future

Most of chapter 3 is about God judging the nations. God says that he will gather all nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. This is not actually a geographical place. The name ‘Jehoshaphat’ means ‘Yahweh judges’ cross reference with verse 14 ‘the valley of God’s decision’. God’s judging the nations means God saving his people – two sides of the same coin. God’s…

Joel 2:12-17 – Return to the Lord

Who can stand on the Day of the LORD? Joel has described the LORD’s locust-army that brings devastation and death (famine resulting from the loss of produce). The answer is those who repent and turn to the LORD. People are called to turn to the LORD with all their hearts and with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. People are not simply to tear their garments in…

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…

Joel 1:1-20 – An Invasion of Locusts

A terrible thing has happened that they will be talking about for generations. Swarm after swarm of locusts have invaded the land – whatever was left by the previous swarm is eaten by the following one. By destroying crops and fruit trees the locusts threaten the very life of the people – no food means death. No wine means there is no joy – only lamenting comparable to a…