Monthly Archives: June 2019
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.
The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
An Invasion of Locusts
2 Hear this, you elders;
Repentance | Marianne Toovey
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.
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.
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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