Joel: The Lord is God! Joel wrote about 790BC in the Kingdom of Judah, with his contemporary Amos in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The terrible calamity of a locust plague had befallen Palestine. Obadiah sees natural disasters as a potent reminder of sin’s cosmic consequences and hence an occasion for repentance – returning to God.
* Father God, please open our eyes to the message of Joel today as we read this passage.
Israel has been decimated, their produce eaten by destroying, hopping, swarming and cutting locusts.
And Joel calls out those who drink wine, the farmers, and in v13 Joel exhorts the church leaders: “Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests; wail, O ministers of the altar.”
Joel is calling Israel to repentance.
“Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”
AND CRY OUT TO THE LORD.
This is a word for us.
* To You, O LORD, we call. Please sink us in self, and lift You up. Please minimise us and magnify Yourself in us.
We come before You today, humble and contrite – And if not, please make us so.
Forgive us Father for our sin.
This we pray.