Thursday, March 27, 2014

Joel Study

You are invited to a mystery.
An opportunity to delve deeper into the realms of God. To see the world, the peoples, the past and the future as He sees. “The Lord Is God” the name Joel proclaims. In this book you will see God’s power, His plan unfolding from the beginning to the end, and His “intense desire for intimacy with all His people,” as the Quest Bible states. Come. Let Him reveal more of Himself to you through this little but mighty book.

Joel is considered a ‘minor’ prophet, only because of the length of his message. Joel prophesied the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, and he gave us a window to the events of the end of the world.

Joel is poetry, mystery, prophecy; a blending of ancient troubles and future images. From a farm report in a dusty, obscure field to the gathering of the most powerful armies of the nations, Joel gives us a glimpse into how the God of time sees events. Repeatedly, we are promised the coming of ‘The Day of the Lord’--a time when God will openly intervene in the world’s affairs. These coming times are terrifying, awe-inspiring, and incredibly exciting to consider depending on your perspective. Ultimately, they give you a picture of how much He loves you, a deeper gratitude for that love, a trust in that love, and hope. A hope that will carry you through anything.

Week 1