Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Message of Joel

The entire text of this book revolves around a central message. Before this section the people are under severe judgement. Then comes Joel 2:12-17. Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

The centerpiece of Joel is repentance. After this statement, the theme moves to restoration, renewal of spiritual blessings, and the promise to overcome all enemies.
I am sure that if we do not heed the message of repentance. We will not stand as a nation much longer. We cannot expect the immutable, holy God to pardon us for flaunting such sin and rebellion in His face. How shall we escape if we neglect His Son? Jesus paid an awesome price for our salvation. He did not die to make us comfortable in this world. It is time that we judge ourselves before God has to judge us! Are you not broken hearted at the sin and violence in America? Think back to when things were much simpler in America. Look at the darkness and rebellion that swallows our land now. We are sowing to the wind and we will surely reap the whirlwind without a broken and contrite spirit. Please pray! Please repent! Please humble yourself before Heaven's Majesty.

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