AUTHOR: Joel
DATE: Date Uncertain

Joel’s name means Yahweh is God.  Most believe he wrote around 835 B.C., during the days of young King Jehoash (835-796) who was under the regency of priests (because he ascended the throne of Judah when he was seven years old 2 Kings 11:21). Joel’s prophecy tells of a coming severe drought and invasion of locusts that would be punishment for the sins of the people. He “pictured” the invasion of locusts as an army, and it serves as a harbinger of a future military campaign in the Day of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord is the major theme of Joel’s prophecy.  This “day” will be a time period that includes the Great Tribulation (Isa. 2:12-19; 4:1), the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa. 4:2; 12; 19:23-25; Jer. 30:7-9). It will be the time of God’s divine intervention in the affairs of human history to bring about the culmination of His perfect plan and purpose. The Book of Joel  gives an account of God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Zeph. 1:14-18; Joel 1:15) and heathen nations (Isa. 13:6; Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 30:3) that represents a partial fulfillment of the eschatological Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11; Isa. 13:6-13).

OUTLINE OF JOEL

I. Title Verse: the Author, 1:1
II. Desolation, 1:2-2:17
A. The Character of the Desolation, 1:2-12
B. The Reactions to the Desolation, 1:13-14
C. The Picture of the Desolation, 1:15-20
D. The Prophecy of Future Desolation, 2:1-11
E. The Exhortation in View of Desolation, 2:12-17
III. Deliverance, 2:18-3:21
A. The Promise of Immediate Deliverance, 2:18-27
B. The Promise of Future Deliverance, 2:28-3:21
1. Its initiation, 2:28-32
2. Its judgments, 3:1-17
3. Its consummation, 3:18-21

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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