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Joel’s Hope: A Word of War

A Word of War

Joel 3:9-16; Eph. 6:11-17

I’ve been reading Scripture as literature lately; I’ve been focusing more on plot and character than on devotion or doctrine. One thing I’ve noticed is the overarching theme of restoration. THAT is Joel’s Hope: that God would put right what has gone wrong.

Joel’s Hope Is Our Help

* Warn the World… ~ Joel 3:9-12

  • 9 context: this is a warning to the world, not God’s people
  • 10 riff on Isaiah 2:4; the world will fight against God anyway it can BEFORE the day of the Lord
  • 11 notice voice change: first part is Joel warning; second is Joel praying
  • 12 third part is God responding; make no mistake: God WILL judge the nations, even those who claim not to know or follow Him (THAT is why we share)

* To Weigh Their Worth ~ Joel 3:13-16

  • 13 back to Joel’s prayer: calling for the “harvest/judgment” of the nations; Jesus referenced this: Matt 9:38 (“pray the Lord to send workers”)
  • 14 “valley of decision” is a metaphor for being stuck, and needing to choose; DO YOU FEEL STUCK IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
  • 15 another metaphor: try to live without God, and you’re stuck in the dark!
  • 16 Our choice: thunder and trembling away from God; or a refuge and stronghold WITH Him.

* Wage the War ~ Eph. 6:11-17

  • 11/12 We are not fighting PEOPLE; we are fighting spiritually
  • 13/14 STAND actively, not passive; we are on OFFENSE
  • 15 Are you ready to move? When God says GO, what’s your response?
  • 16/17 Roman shield USED IN CONCERT; not as individuals but AS A UNIT

Make no mistake: we ARE in a spiritual war. How are you engaged?

Joel’s Hope: Rend and Repent

Joel’s Hope: Rend and Repent

Joel 2:12-17

When we learn of disasters, consider our responses. Don’t disasters often move us to action? But the question remains: what KIND of action?

God Calls Us To Respond

* God Prompts to Repent ~ Joel 2:12-17

  • 1-11 Description of the Locust Swarm
  • 12 Even now > let natural disaster move your heart towards God (not away)
  • 13/14 Return > nation had fallen away from worship; sound familiar?
  • 15/16 how should people respond? DO the acts of worship to reflect their return
  • 17 How should LEADERS respond? In prayer (not posturing)

* God’s Promises are Kept ~ Joel 2:28-32

(cf. Acts 2:16ff)

  • 18-27 God Promised Restoration (Done – see Israel today!)
  • 28/29 fulfilled at Pentecost!
  • 30/31 fulfilled at the Crucifixion!
  • 32 fulfilled NOW: STILL TRUE TODAY!

Repentance is changed THOUGHT; Rending is current ACTION

BONUS: 7 Steps on HOW to repent found in Psalm 32 (start with vs 5)

 


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