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Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, June 25, 2018
Historical and Theological Themes in Joel
The theme of Joel is the Day of the Lord. It permeates all parts of Joel’s message, making it the most sustained treatment in the entire OT (1:15; 2:1; 2:11; 2:31; 3:14). The phrase is employed 19 times by 8 different OT authors (Is. 2:12; 13:6,9; Ezek. 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Amos 5:18 [2x],20; Obad. 15; Zeph. 1:7,14 [2x]; Zech. 14:1; Mal. 4:5). The phrase does not have reference to a chronological time period, but to a general period of wrath and judgment uniquely belonging to the Lord. It is exclusively the day which unveils His character—mighty, powerful, and holy, thus terrifying His enemies. The Day of the Lord does not always refer to an eschatological event; on occasion it has a near historical fulfillment, as seen in Ezek. 13:5, where it speaks of the Babylonian conquest and destruction of Jerusalem. As is common in prophecy, the near fulfillment is an historic event upon which to comprehend the more distant, eschatological fulfillment.
The Day of the Lord is frequently associated with seismic disturbances (e.g., 2:1–11; 2:31; 3:16), violent weather (Ezek. 13:5ff.), clouds and thick darkness (e.g., 2:2; Zeph. 1:7ff.), cosmic upheaval (2:3,30), and as a “great and very terrible” (2:11) day that would “come as destruction from the Almighty” (1:15). The latter half of Joel depicts time subsequent to the Day of the Lord in terms of promise and hope. There will be a pouring out of the Spirit on all flesh, accompanied by prophetic utterances, dreams, visions (2:28,29), as well as the coming of Elijah, an epiphany bringing restoration and hope (Mal. 4:5,6). As a result of the Day of the Lord there will be physical blessings, fruitfulness, and prosperity (2:21ff.; 3:16–21). It is a day when judgment is poured out on sinners that subsequently leads to blessings on the penitent, and reaffirmation of God’s covenant with His people. See note on 1 Thess. 5:2.
Joel 1:15 “Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.”
Joel 2: 1 “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill [mountain].
11b “The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?”
13 “Rend your heart and not your garments.”
25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.”
28 “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
32 “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Joel 3: 10 “Let the weakling say, “I am strong!””
14 “For the day of the Lord is near
in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon will be darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.
16 The Lord will roar from Zion
and thunder from Jerusalem;
the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
a stronghold for the people of Israel.”
2 Timothy 1:16 “May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.”
I’m amazed at how often Joel is quoted in the New Testament, even songs are written from within this text!
“Let the weak say I am strong in the strength of the Lord.”
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion. Sound the alarm in my… holy mountain! Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion. Sound the alarm!!”
I don’t often focus on “the day of the Lord” but Joel sure does! Jesus and Peter both quoted Joel… I quoted from Joel at a recent graduation ceremony in which I participated. “Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”
Lord, I feel there is something significant regarding the book for Joel… for me? For our church? For such a time as this?