The Sunday morning lesson from February 9, 2020
The Book of Joel (Joel 2:12-17)Phillip Stuckey, February 9, 2020
Part of the Overviews of The Minor Prophets series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Day of the Lord is a frequent theme in the Bible (Isa. 13:6-9; Jer. 30:7; Amos 5:18). The day when God will judge all mankind and give eternal life or eternal damnation can bring us dread or hope (John 5:28-29; Rev. 6:17). Let us consider the book of the prophet Joel to learn how to escape God’s wrath on that Day.
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Joel 2:12–17 (Listen)
12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.
14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
for the LORD your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
16 gather the people.
Consecrate the congregation;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.
17 Between the vestibule and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep
and say, “Spare your people, O LORD,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”