Saturday, September 21: Joel
Today we have three short chapters from the Prophet Joel. Although Joel is only 3 chapters, it does not disappoint. Its a great read that recalls the days of Egypt and the plagues and looks forward to the days of Christ and God’s Spirit poured out all all people. If you haven’t read though Joel yet, I’d encourage you to do just that.
Recalling the plagues of Egypt: Those dreaded locust. They are everywhere! However rather than plaguing Pharaoh and the Egyptians, these locust have a hunger for all things Israelite. They are relentless! Then as the people repent and find their way, these same locust are sent our as an army of God.
God’s Spirit poured out: “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. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29) The future telling of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2) gives us hope and the promise of the great and glorious day of God’s eternal reign.
Lastly for us Lutherans a little liturgical reference: “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” (Joel 2:13) Sound familiar? Put it to music and we have the Gospel acclamation that is sung during the Season of Lent.
Finally we’ll close out our thoughts on Joel with our friends from thebibleproject and their video on Joel. Hope you enjoy!
Readings for the next few days:
Sunday, September 22: Amos 1 – 5
Monday, September 23: Amos 6 – 9
Tuesday, September 24: Obadiah & Jonah
Wednesday, September 25: Micah