Friday, February 7, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 53 Thursday

Joel chapter 1

Does God issue any commands?

  • Through Joel God commanded to listen to His word and to tell their children what He said so that it could be told through the generations abut the destruction to come.
  • God commanded the drunkards to wake up and weep for the destruction to come.
  • God commanded the farmers to mourn the loss of their crops that would happen in the destruction.
  • God commanded the priests and ministers to mourn in sackcloth because the offerings would cease at the time of the destruction.
  • God commanded a fast to be instituted and the people to be gathered together to cry unto the LORD.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised a time of great destruction coming when a great nation conquered them. The damage would be reminiscent of insect invasions and drought.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Almighty LORD that is at hand. (verse 15)
  • Jesus is the shepherd of the sheep whose sheep are desolate. (verse 18)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Joel deals with the phrase "the day of the Lord" which is usually (if  not always) used to mean a time of judgment. In the New Testament it is connected with the return of Jesus Christ for those who believe in Him. (See I Thessalonians 5:2)

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