Monthly Archives: June 2019

June 30 – Joel 1

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Scholars assume that Joel was highly educated and may have been a member of the priesthood. He likely lived near Jerusalem. The themes of his book are judgment, repentance, and restoration.

Joel 1

The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.

An Invasion of Locusts

Hear this, you elders;
    listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
    or in the days of your ancestors?
Tell it to your children,
    and let your children tell it to their children,
    and their children to the next generation.
What the locust swarm has left
    the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
    the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left
    other locusts have eaten.
Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
    Wail, all you drinkers of wine;
wail because of the new wine,
    for it has been snatched from your lips.
A nation has invaded my land,
    a mighty army without number;
it has the teeth of a lion,
    the fangs of a lioness.
It has laid waste my vines
    and ruined my fig trees.
It has stripped off their bark
    and thrown it away,
    leaving their branches white.
Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth
    grieving for the betrothed of her youth.
Grain offerings and drink offerings
    are cut off from the house of the Lord.
The priests are in mourning,
    those who minister before the Lord.
10 The fields are ruined,
    the ground is dried up;
the grain is destroyed,
    the new wine is dried up,
    the olive oil fails.
11 Despair, you farmers,
    wail, you vine growers;
grieve for the wheat and the barley,
    because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The vine is dried up
    and the fig tree is withered;
the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree—
    all the trees of the field—are dried up.
Surely the people’s joy
    is withered away.

A Call to Lamentation

13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn;
    wail, you who minister before the altar.
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
    you who minister before my God;
for the grain offerings and drink offerings
    are withheld from the house of your God.
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.
15 Alas for that day!
    For the day of the Lord is near;
    it will come like destruction from the Almighty.
16 Has not the food been cut off
    before our very eyes—
joy and gladness
    from the house of our God?
17 The seeds are shriveled
    beneath the clods.
The storehouses are in ruins,
    the granaries have been broken down,
    for the grain has dried up.
18 How the cattle moan!
    The herds mill about
because they have no pasture;
    even the flocks of sheep are suffering.
19 To you, Lord, I call,
    for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness
    and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Even the wild animals pant for you;
    the streams of water have dried up
    and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.

SOAP Note

Repentance | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Joel 1:14

Observation

Joel is describing here the corruption of Judah right now. But as we learned in Hosea for the last 3 weeks, repentance is key. It’s not too late. And Joel is ready to help the people understand how to repent. According to the Enduring Word Commentary, consecrating a fast means to be so focused on getting right with God that even eating is no longer important; calling a sacred assembly means to gather together for the purpose of repenting; calling the elders reminds us that religious leaders need to play a special role in repentance; into the house of the Lord your God is a command to meet with God; and finally, crying out to the Lord is the heartfelt prayer and demonstration of trust that God will respond in His mercy.

Application

I look around at our society – not just in America, but the whole world – and it’s easy to see how corrupt we’ve become. I admit I often succumb to complacency. Our corruption is so thorough that I’ve been conditioned not even to notice or care. But I’m thankful for studies like this to remind me that being a Christ follower isn’t always about love, grace, and mercy. It’s also about repentance. I’ve seen what God can do when He’s angry and I don’t want to be on the receiving end of that wrath! Sometimes following Christ is a call to action. Action that involves refocusing, opening my eyes to the evil in this world, and bringing people together to repent and turn away. Join me. Let’s make getting right with God so important in our lives that even food doesn’t matter. Let’s come together to meet with God and cry out to Him. Let’s trust that He’ll respond in His mercy.

Prayer

Father, You are a fair and righteous judge. We have wronged you in more ways than I can imagine. But I see You moving. In our hearts, our communities, our culture. I know You’ve got this under control. Thank You for opening my eyes, for changing my heart. Thank You for the opportunity to come to You and turn away from the evil in this world. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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