God Watches How You Treat His Other Children

Joel 3:1-21

On verses 1-21: While everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved from God’s wrath (Joel 2:32) and blessed abundantly (2:18-32), the opposite is also true: those who do not trust in the Lord, who reject the Lord as God, will suffer God’s wrath.

What God Will Do For Those Who Humble Themselves

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Joel 2:18-32. Let’s go!

On verses 18-32: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6). We see that here in these verses. After urging his people to humble themselves through repentance, fasting and praying together (v12-17), Joel now describes what God will do for His people when they humble themselves that way:

– He will have pity on his people (v18)
– He will send them new grain, wine and oil that fully satisfies (v19, v24)

Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow to Turn to God

Joel 2:12-17

12 That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.”

On verses 12-17: The day of the Lord will be a dreadful day for those who have rejected God.

That is also why Joel implores his people to “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.” (v13) Echoing what God has already said in verse 12, Joel calls his people to fast (v15), to gather together (v15-16) and to pray and intercede for the people (v17) and to plead for God’s mercy.

God’s Unstoppable Army

Joel 2:1-11

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

On verses 1-11: After describing the impact of a recent locust plague on his land in chapter 1, Joel in chapter 2 turns his attention to the future. He focuses on what he and other Old Testament prophets call the “day of the Lord”. Earlier in Joel 1:15, Joel already made mention of “the day of the Lord”, but only in passing. Now in these verses, Joel goes into more detail about what the day of the Lord will be like.

When You’re Going Through Desperate Times, Fast and Pray

Joel 1:13-20

Joel’s nation was facing desperate times. A famine meant that offerings were withheld from the house of God (v13). Food supplies were cut off, joy and gladness as well (v16). Crops had dried up (v17), livestock were anxious (v18), and fire had devoured the pastures and forests (v19-20).

When Things Go From Bad to Worse

Today we begin the book of Joel.  Not much is known about Joel.  We do know that he was a prophet living in Jerusalem and his name means “Jehovah is his God”.  His dad’s name was Pethuel (meaning “Vision of God”).  Many scholars believe Joel was probably written soon after the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon in 538 B.C., but there are numerous other theories as well.  That said, Joel is a powerful book with some important lessons for us today.  Let’s go!

Jesus Is Your Soap

Good morning! Today’s passage is Malachi 3:1-15. And what a rich passage it is. I believe there are at least 7 powerful lessons that the Holy Spirit would have us learn from today’s passage. (I summarize them in bold below.) Let’s go!