Joel Warns Judah Of Judgement From The Lord

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Joel 2-1

Bible historians believe this book was written between the ninth and the sixth century, B.C., after Haggai and Zechariah.

Joel has linguistic parallels to Amos, Micah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. The day of judgement from the Lord is upon them, or will come, due of their sins.

Joel 1:2-4- Hear this you elders; listen all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers? 3- Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. 4- What the Locust swarm has left the great locust have eaten; what the great locust have left the young locust have eaten; what the young locust have left other locust have eaten.

5-6- Wake up you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips. 6- A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.

vs 9-10- Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the Lord. 10-The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.

A Call For Repentance

1:14-15- Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your Lord God, and cry out to the Lord. 15- Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

vs 19-20- To you, O Lord, I call for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. 20- Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pasture.

2:1- Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on the holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand.

A dreadful army of locust marches into the land. The lord is the head of the army.

vs 11- The Lord thunders at the head  of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his commands. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

vs 12-14- “Even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to me with all your hearts, with fasting and weeping and morning.” 13- Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14- Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

vs 16- Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast.

The Lord’s Answer

vs 18-Then the Lord will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. 19- The Lord will reply to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine, and oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.

vs 20- I will drive the northern army far away from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern sea and those in the rear into the western sea. And its stench will go; its smell will rise.

The Day of The Lord

vs 28-30- 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. 29- Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30- I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth.

vs 32- And anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

The Nations Judged

3:1-“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

vs 2-3- I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgement against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my hand. 3- They cast lots for my people and traded my boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.

3: 9- Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let the fighting men draw near and attack.

vs 13-14-  Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepresses are full and the vats over flow—so great is their wickedness! 14- Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!

Blessings For God’s People

vs 17 – Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.

vs 20-21- Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. 21- Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon. The Lord dwells in Zion!

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I believe we should perceive Joel as written. The massive locust plagues, and severe drought, that devastated Judah were the great and dreaded, Day of the Lord. Some feel the locust and drought are symbolism for great armies; Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks, and Romans.

As is common, restoration and blessings come only after judgement and repentance.

We can find this in our lives today. If the Lord judges us with sin in our lives, we must repent and rid our lives of the sin, otherwise, He will bring judgement.

God will remove from our lives whatever is causing us to sin. If we are stealing at work, we will lose the job. And yes, there may be serious legal consequences. God does not take sin lightly and neither should we.

If the sin is marriage infidelity, God will bring the affair into the light, to end it. Consequences be what they may?—perhaps severe.

Perhaps we are not sure about something we are doing. Is it a sin against God or a person? Read God’s Word. Seek Christian council. If the Holy Spirit is convicting us, it is sin. Stop doing it. Confess it and ask God for forgiveness. Then ask God to help to rid us of the cravings. He will do that for us. He wants to help us.

I pray that none of us are living a life of sin, thus vulnerable to God’s judgement,

Gary The Tested

 

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God Allows Adversities—Because He Loves

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Being Shaped by God's Mighty Hands

 

God Molding Us With His Mighty Hands

 

God allows hardships in our lives so we can (1) grow closer to Him (2) grow in faith (3) comfort others.

(1)- 1 Peter 4:19- So then, those who suffer according to God’s Will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Acts 14:22- Strengthen the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

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If we are suffering, commit to the Lord. Draw close to him. There is a reason for the anguish. Study God’s Word. Pray continually. God will reveal through his Holy Spirit, in time, why we are going through the storm. He will hold us tight in the palm of His mighty hand as the storm surrounds us and swirls around us.

One of the possibilities for the storm is, we are being tested by Satan. A testing is when Satan stands before the throne of God in heaven and petitions God to test a person. He has studied us and finds us with unrighteousness. God allows the testing to purify us; we are refined by fire.

For more information on testing, I invite everyone to read my article: The Full Armor Of God—Wear It! https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-full-armor-of-god-wear-it/

Not every storm is from Satan. This is a broken world. Bad things happen to good people all the time; a bad medical report, family issues, work relationship problems, financial hardships. All these problems can lead to horrible consequences, sometimes at the best we can do.

These catastrophes in our lives will rip us apart—tear or families into pieces. Our best solution is to turn to our heavenly Father for comfort and guidance and ride out the hurricane. As the winds of disaster blow in our lives, rest in the palms of His mighty hands. Ride out the storm in His strength. If we rely on his strength, we will survive the storm.

2 Corinthians 12: 10- That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ephesians 6:10- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

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(2)- Grow in Faith- When God allows a storm into our lives, it can be for many reasons. Many of these reasons are not for us to understand.

Isaiah 55:8-9- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9- As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

All things are in God’s control; he owns the entire world. When the Lord allows a catastrophic event into our lives, it can be difficult to think of him as good and loving. How could a God who loves his people allow bad things to happen to good people?—especially when he has the power so stop the hurricane.

We must consider that this is a broken world; full of sin. Bad things happen all around us, all the time. Sometimes, God rescues us from the disaster, and in his wisdom, sometimes he does not. He allows us to go through the event even though he loves us with a deep love that is beyond our understanding.  The question is, where is our focus?

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2 Timothy 3:16- All scripture is God –breathed and is useful for teaching, reproofing, for correcting and training in righteousness.

2 Peter 1: 20- 21-Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21- For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes God’s reason for allowing us to go through a storm is to drive us upward toward Him, in our faith. The Lord, through the Holy Spirit, will call us to read His Word with a passion, perhaps like never before. Through the reading of the bible, the Holy Spirit will reveal God’s truths to us that we never understood before. The scriptures will take on new meaning; they will become alive to us.

God will use the horrific event to reveal new truths about himself to us through his Word and allow an increased pouring out of His Holy Spirit upon us. (This may be accompanied by excessive crying or weeping)

God grows our faith in spurts like this. He might use a storm as the event to grow us.

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(3)- Teach us to comfort others. It is difficult to feel mercy toward someone else’s pain if we have not been through pain ourselves. Pain is a universal bond. The pain does not have to be the same but sometimes it is the same or often times relatable. God allows his children to go through pain, to help others who are suffering; that is only one reason.

Romans 8:17-18- Now if we are children, then we are heir –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory. 18- I consider that our present sufferings are not worthy comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

We are called to share in Christ suffering; we also will share in his glory, if we remain faithful to him to the end.

Therefore, since we as Christians are called to share in Christ’ sufferings, in all pain, we must run our race, no matter what the Lord has called us to do. Encourage one another in our pain.

If we are not sure what our race is, pray and ask the Lord for his wisdom as to what our purpose is. He will reveal our purpose for us in His good time. Wisdom is waiting for the Lord while remaining in the faith.  By remaining in the faith, we pray, read our bible, and attend church; walk in the Lord.

One part of running our race is comforting others who are in pain. We should be quick with comfort and compassion—but withholding judgement. Since we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, none of us has the right to judge—no matter what a person’s pain.

For more information on running your race, I invite everyone to read my article:

Run Your Race For Jesus https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/run-your-race-for-jesus/

Be like Christ and give comfort to others.

John 15:9- As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

God’s love gives us the ability to love, if we are abiding in his love.

John 14:15- “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

If we truly love the Lord Jesus, we will be eager to follow his commandments; we will pick up our cross and follow him.

1 John 3:11- This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

If we say, we love Jesus, then we must love one another. If we call ourselves Christians—Christs’ followers, we are required to love as he loves us. To love with agape love isn’t humanly possible; loving unconditionally is a trait that is given to us from the Father, through his Holy Spirit. Pray that God will give you, as I do, a heart that loves with agape love (Deep and unconditional love) of the Father in heaven.

For more on God’s agape love, I invite all to read my article: God’s Agape Love, Displayed For All To See

https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/gods-agape-love-displayed-for-all-to-see/

Let’s all pray for Christ’s love (agape love) toward everyone and give comfort and love to all who hurt,

Gary The Tested