Joel: The “Locust” Prophet
Little is known about him outside this book
Date is uncertain – most believe about 850 BC
The focus in on the enemies of Israel – Phoenicians, Philistines, Edomites, Egypt
The prophet’s description of devastation
It’s uniqueness-- (1:3).
It’s nature--A drought accompanied by a devastating locust invasion (1:4).
It’s results--The devastation
There were spiritual consequences:
No sacrifices (1:9).
The priests were out of business.
The prophet’s interpretation of these calamities
The prophet’s call to repentance
It is a call to national heart-felt repentance
Important lessons from Joel
In Joel we see God’s covenant faithfulness.
We see the nature of repentance.
We see the promise of Pentecost.
We see the only hope of deliverance at judgment day.
We see the ultimate defeat of God’s enemies and the victory of His people over them in the eternal kingdom, the new Jerusalem.
Joel places them in the valley of decision.
It is time to decide.
Outline adapted from – http://www.truthchasers.com/Sermons/Expository/022005p.pdf
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