Tag: Joel 1-3

Thankful for Salvation!

Scripture reading for September 27th:  Joel 1-3, Amos 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Joel 2:30-32  “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”  

Joel saw a vision of a devastating locust plague that swept over the land.  This locust plague was a type of the judgment that God was planning to send on His rebellious people.  Joel called God’s people to fasting, prayer and repentance.  He then reminded them of God’s promise of warnings that would precede this judgment and also His promise of deliverance for all who would call on the Name of the Lord!  This prophesy has meaning and brings hope for all today who will call on God’s Name!

Thankful for God’s faithful promise:  “For their is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly bless all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.””  (Romans 10:12-13)

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Valley of Decision!

Scripture reading for September 11th:  Joel 1-3

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.  The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; The earth and sky will tremble.  But the Lord will be a refuge for his people; a stronghold for the people of Israel.” Joel 3:14-16

I remember September 11th, 2001 very vividly!  It was a day that stunned our nation and cost the lives of thousands of innocent people in the twinkling of an eye.  What was worse, was that we got to watch it in living color right before our eyes.  I was in the surgery waiting room visiting a patient  when I saw the plane fly into the building.  Smoke and fire exploded and people were running everywhere.  It seemed that the world had been turned upside down.

Joel was a prophet of God who spoke to God’s people during a terrible plague of locusts.  (Joel 1:4)  God used this locust plague to speak to his people of their coming judgment if they failed to repent.  (Joel 1:13-14)  Joel called God’s people to fasting and prayer.    The ‘day of the Lord’ was near.

The custom for fasting was to put on sackcloth and sprinkle ashes on their heads.  The people were called to cry out in weeping before God, mourning for their sins.  But God was after something else.  He desired a broken and contrite heart!  (Psalm 51:17)  (Joel 2:13) From a truly broken heart, they were to say, “Spare your people, O Lord.”  (Joel 2:17)

The answer from God to this fast was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the whole land!  (Joel 2:28-32) (Acts 2:14-21)   There would be signs and wonders in the earth among God’s people, young and old, men and women!  This would happen right before the ‘day of the Lord’!  Everyone who would call on God would be saved! (Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13)

Joel ended with a vision of the coming ‘day of the Lord’.   Joel saw multitudes of people gathered in the valley of Jehoshaphat.  There God entered into judgment against the nations that rejected Him.  (Joel 3:1-2)  But God will be a refuge for His people!  Whose side will you be on?

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The valley of decision!

Scripture reading for September 10th: Joel 1-3

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.  The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; The earth and sky will tremble.  But the Lord will be a refuge for his people; a stronghold for the people of Israel.” Joel 3:14-16

Joel was a prophet of God who spoke to God’s people during a terrible plague of locusts.  (Joel 1:4)  God used this locust plague to speak to his people of their coming judgment.  (Joel 1:13-14)  Joel called God’s people to fasting and prayer for God’s mercy.  A trumpet was to be blown calling all to God’s temple for serious intercession.  Joel spoke to them about the ‘day of the Lord’ and their need of repentance.

The preparation for this ‘day of the Lord’ was preparation of the heart.  The custom for fasting was to put on sackcloth and sprinkle ashes on their heads.  They would cry out in weeping before God, symbolically mourning for their sins.  But God was after something else.  He desired a broken and contrite heart!  (Psalm 51:17)  (Joel 2:13)  God through Joel called all the people together to rend their hearts.  They were to say, “Spare your people, O Lord.”  (Joel 2:17)  God’s grace and compassion was the motivation for the fast and His goodness always leads His people to repentance!  (Romans 2:4)

The answer from God to this fast was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the whole land!  (Joel 2:28-32) (Acts 2:14-21)  As all came to fast, all would be anointed with God’s Spirit!  There would be signs and wonders in the earth among God’s people, young and old, men and women!  This would happen right before the ‘day of the Lord’!  Everyone who would call on God would be saved! (Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13)

Joel ends with a vision of the coming ‘day of the Lord’.   Joel sees multitudes of people gathered in the valley of Jehoshaphat.  There God enters into judgment against the nations that have reject Him and His people.  There are multitudes who will be judged and eternally lost!  (Joel 3:1-2)  This will be a terrible day for the unsaved when the lights of heaven grow dim and eternal darkness covers their souls.  But God will be a refuge for His people!  Whose side will you be on?

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The Valley of Decision

Scripture reading for September 11th: Joel 1-3

Joel spoke to Israel during a time of natural disaster.  A swarm of locusts had invaded Israel and was devouring their crops.  (Joel 1:4)  Joel saw in this locust plague a picture of another coming judgment on the nation.   An army from the north was coming to bring God’s judgment.   This time of coming judgment was called “the day of the Lord”.  (Joel 1:15, 2:1,11 31, 3:14)

Joel called the people to fast and pray for God’s mercy.  God gives grace to the humble and if God’s people will humble themselves and pray and seek His face, turning from their wicked ways, He will hear from heaven and heal their land.  (2nd Chronicles 7:14)  “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 God, and cry out to the Lord.  Alas for that day!  For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.” (Joel 1:14-15)

Desperate times call for passionate intercession and heart-felt repentance! “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  Rend you 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.” (Joel 2:12-13)  God will always respond to a people who are demonstrating a genuine repentance.  God has been known to change His mind about judgment when His people call out.   He even responds when Gentiles call on Him, as the book of Jonah demonstrates!

Joel also saw God gathering the nations in the Valley of Jehoshaphat for judgment concerning how they treated His inheritance.  There would be a great army gathered there and God would sit in judgment. ” “Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.  Come, trample the grapes,  for the winepress is full and the vats overflow–so great is their wickedness!” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:13-14)  Many think of this verse as viewing the people who have opportunity to decide for the Lord.  That is not the case!  These people have decided against God and God is making His decision to judge them!  This is a place to avoid by repentance!

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The Valley of Decision!

Scripture reading for September 11th:  Joel 1-3

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine.  The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; The earth and sky will tremble.  But the Lord will be a refuge for his people; a stronghold for the people of Israel.” Joel 3:14-16

I remember September 11th, 2001 very vividly and I would bet you do, too.  It was a day that stunned our nation and cost the lives of thousands of innocent people in the twinkling of an eye.  What was worse, was that we got to watch it in living color right before our eyes.  I was in the surgery waiting room visiting a patient  when I saw the plane fly into the building.  Smoke and fire exploded and people were running everywhere.  It seemed that the world had been turned upside down and America was under attack!

This book of Joel is an appropriate reading for today–I am always amazed at God’s timing!  Joel was a prophet of God who spoke to God’s people during a terrible plague of locusts.  (Joel 1:4)  God used this locust plague to speak to his people of their coming judgment if they failed to repent and turn to Him.  (Joel 1:13-14)  Joel called God’s people to fasting and prayer for God’s mercy.  A trumpet was to be blown calling all to God’s temple for serious intercession.  Joel spoke to them about the ‘day of the Lord’ being near and their need to be ready.

The preparation for this coming day of the Lord was preparation of the heart.  The custom for fasting was to put on sackcloth and sprinkle ashes on their heads.  They would cry out in weeping before God, symbolically in mourning for their sins.  But God was after something else.  He desired a broken and contrite heart!  (Psalm 51:17)  (Joel 2:13)  God through Joel called all the people together to rend their hearts.  They were to say, “Spare your people, O Lord.”  (Joel 2:17)  God’s grace and compassion was the motivation for the fast.  The goodness of God always leads His people to repentance!  (Romans 2:4)

The answer from God to this fast was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the whole land!  (Joel 2:28-32) (Acts 2:14-21)  As all came to fast, all would be anointed with God’s Spirit!  There would be signs and wonders in the earth among God’s people, young and old, men and women!  This would happen right before the ‘day of the Lord’!  Everyone who would call on God would be saved! (Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13)

Joel ends with a vision of the coming ‘day of the Lord’.   Joel sees multitudes of people gathered in the valley of Jehoshaphat.  There God enters into judgment against the nations that have reject Him and His people.  There are multitudes who will be judged and eternally lost!  (Joel 3:1-2)  This will be a terrible day for the unsaved when the lights of heaven grow dim and eternal darkness covers their souls.  But God will be a refuge for His people!  Whose side will you be on?  Maybe it’s time for another fast!

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