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Joel prophesies of the special outpouring work of the Spirit, who brings supernatural deliverance and judgment.
Israel's problem: They were “going through the motions” in their worship. God primarily demonstrates His love through material and physical blessings. God considers His spiritual blessings more valuable. “Love” and “hate” are used as terms of comparison. If God had not chosen Israel, God would have destroyed Israel. Focus on the blessings you have been given instead of complaining about those you don’t have.
Israel's problem: They were “going through the motions” in their worship. The emphasis of Malachi is on the faithful covenant keeping God throughout the ages. The people's feeling: How can you question us about keeping the covenant? External obedience always starts with a renewed heart commitment to Him.
Elder Simon Payne preaches about Joel Part Two - Restoration
Elder Simon Payne preaches about Joel Part One - 'Devastation'
Matt Johnson and Joel Feddersen were our final speakers at RUSH on Sunday February 17, 2013.
This dynamic sermon by Pastor Ginger Medley focuses on the United Methodist symbol with the firey flame and the cross, based upon scriptures in the books of Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-3, Acts 4:29-31, and Joel @:28-29. Key Points: 1) In one Accord, in one place; 2) Suddenly; 3) An Experience with God; and 4) The Fantastic Four (Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and YOU!)
Year after year, century after century, calamity upon calamity, it never ceases. Two inch letters scream at us from the front page announcing trouble and tragedy somewhere in our world. The evening news leads off with the worst of breaking news. MSNBC, Yahoo News, and Google News all fill our computer screens with dire predictions and disastrous outcomes. Breaking news, this just in from our reporter in Israel. “An invasion of locusts ravaged the land of Israel this week leaving no green thing alive. The thoroughness and savagery of the insect army was beyond any similar invasion in the memory of the oldest citizens of the land. As an eyewitness put it: Joel 1:4 What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust left, the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left, the destroying locust has eaten. (ESV) “Wave after wave of insects have attacked the foliage, laying waste the grape vines, splintering the fig trees, stripping their bark … Palm, apple and pomegranate trees are all withered, as are the fields of wheat and barley. [No one is spared, everyone is impacted, the tillers of soil, the vine dressers and the harvesters.] The plague has created a religious crisis as well, because the priests have no food or drink for their daily offerings in the Temple” (David Hubbard, Themes from the Minor Prophets, p. 28-29).
Why was Peter's sermon on Pentecost met by such despair and repentance? Jeff Jones looks at Peter's "sermon text," Joel chapter 2, and at the theme of the Day of the Lord as it is presented throughout the Old Testament. Combined with the backdrop of tongues of fire and "men of strange lips" speaking in strange tongues, Peter has a clear and chilling message for his hearers in Jerusalem--a message that has very practical implications for how we are to proclaim the Gospel today.