Saturday, July 12, 2008

Joel 3

"Then you will know that I, the Lord your god,
dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
never again will foreigners invade her.
In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord's house
and will water the valley of acacias.

But Egypt will be desolate,
Edom a desert waste,
because of violence done to the people of Judah,
in whose land they shed innocent blood.
Judah will be inhabited forever
and Jerusalem through all generations.

Their blood guilt, which I have not pardoned,
I will pardon.'

The Lord Dwells in Zion!"

Summary of Joel
according to commentary

Joel began with a prophecy about the destruction of the land
and ended with a prophecy about its restoration.
He began by stressing the need for repentance
and ended with the promise of forgiveness that repentance brings.
Joel was trying to convince the people to wake up,
get rid of their complacency,
and realize the danger of living apart from God.
His message to us is that there is still time;
anyone who calls on God's name can be saved.
Those who turn to God will enjoy the blessings
mentioned in Joel's prophecy;
those who refuse will face destruction.

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