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Joel 3:1-21 – The Glorious Future

Joel 3:1-21
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…

Joel 2:18-32 – The Lord has Pity and Pours out His Spirit

Joel 2:18-32
This passage describes God’s gracious response considering the people’s repentance. God promises to restore to the people grain, wine, and oil – he will cause his people to be satisfied. The locust army will be drowned like that of Egypt in the Red Sea. Instead of bringing locust-induced death God…

Joel 2:12-17 – Return to the Lord

Joel 2:12-17
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…

Joel 2:1-11 – The Day of the Lord

Joel 2:1-11
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…

Joel 1:1-20 – An Invasion of Locusts

Joel 1:1-20
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…