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Week 33 Day 3
Joel lived through a great national disaster
locusts had come
their land completely
destroying crops and pasturelands
plus it was a time of drought
Never had anyone seen
or heard of
anything so devastating
People were afraid they would be wiped out
even lose their lives.
Joel saw the disaster
A time for people to return to God
and he told them so
His remedy was to
declare a holy community day
pray and worship
reason with God
plead with God
for the deliverance you need
Remember it is God who saves.
Repent and pray; God may turn this tragedy into a blessing.
Joel 1 & 2
1The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
2Hear, you elders, and give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has anything like this happened, even in the days of your fathers?
3Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children
And their children another generation.
4What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten;
What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten;
What the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.
5Awake, you drunkards; weep and wail.
6A nation has come against My land, strong without number;
His teeth are the teeth of a lion; he has the fangs of a fierce lion.
7He has laid waste My vine, and ruined My fig tree.
8Lament like a virgin in sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
9The grain offering and the drink offering
Have been cut off from the house of the Lord;
The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.
10The field is wasted, the land mourns;
For the grain is ruined, the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.
11Be ashamed, you farmers, wail, for the wheat and the barley;
Because the harvest has perished. 12The vine has dried up,
And the fig tree has withered; the pomegranate tree also,
And the apple tree--all the trees of the field are withered;
Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
13Lament, you priests; come, lie all night in sackcloth.
14Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord
And cry out to the Lord.
15Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction. 16 Is not food cut off,
And joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17Seed shrivels under the clods, storehouses are in shambles;
Barns are broken down, for the grain has withered.
19 O Lord, fire has devoured the open pastures,
And a flame has burned all the trees of the field.
20The beasts of the field also cry out to You,
Water brooks are dried up; fire has devoured the open pastures.
13So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
14Who knows if He will relent, and leave a blessing behind Him? This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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