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Summary: The name "Joel" means "Jehovah is God", and we know very little about the author... a. The name appears frequently, with at least a dozen men sharing the name in the O.T. b. Described as "the son of Pethuel" (1:1), there is no reason to

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"STUDIES IN THE MINOR PROPHETS"

Joel - The Day Of The Lord (1:1-2:27)

INTRODUCTION

1. We now turn to the book of Joel, and this will be the first of two

lessons

2. The name "Joel" means "Jehovah is God", and we know very little

about the author...

a. The name appears frequently, with at least a dozen men sharing

the name in the O.T.

b. Described as "the son of Pethuel" (1:1), there is no reason to

associate him with any other Joel mentioned in the Bible

[As we begin our study, let’s do so with some...]

I. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A. THE DATE...

1. The date of the book is uncertain

a. Some place it as one of the earliest of the "literary

prophets" (ca. 900 B.C.)

b. Some believe it was written after the Exile (ca. 400 B.C.)

2. Hailey, Young, and other scholars defend the early date

a. Suggesting a date of 830 B.C.

b. Which is the date I am presuming for our study

B. THE OCCASION...

1. Joel’s prophecy was occasioned by a calamity that had struck

the land

a. Literally, it is described as a locust plague

b. Some suggest that the locusts were symbolical of an army

that had invaded

2. I take the description of the plague as literal

C. THE MESSAGE...

1. Joel sees the locust plague as a warning from God

a. That the calamity was heralding "the day of the Lord" which

was coming

b. That if the people did not repent, this "day" would bring

even more destruction

2. So Joel’s message is "Seek the Lord through repentance!"

(1:1-2:27)

3. Joel also has some things to say about what shall come to pass

"afterward" (2:28-3:21)

[With this brief background as an introduction, let’s now begin reading

the book with the aid of the following outline...]

II. OUTLINE OF THE BOOK (1:1-2:27)

A. THE LAND IS LAID WASTE (1:1-12)

1. Joel provides a graphic description of the locust plague (1-4)

2. He calls for people to weep over the devastation (5-12)

B. A PLEA TO CRY OUT TO THE LORD (1:13-20)

1. To be led by the priests, consecrating a fast and calling the

people together (13-14)

2. For the present destruction is heralding the coming "day of

the Lord" (15-18)

3. Joel and the beasts take the lead, with their own cry to the

Lord (19-20)

C. THE COMING "DAY OF THE LORD" (2:1-11)

1. A cry to warn the people, for the day is coming! (1)

2. This particular "day of the Lord" is vividly described (2-11)

a. It will be a recurrence of the locust plague

b. Described as an invading army, an army led by God!

D. A CALL TO REPENTANCE (2:12-17)

1. Voiced first by God Himself (12)

2. Then elaborated upon by Joel (13-17)

a. Repent, for God Who is gracious may relent and provide a

blessing

b. Make it a national repentance, led by the priests

E. THE LORD’S PROMISE IF THERE IS REPENTANCE (2:18-20)

1. He will be zealous for His land, and show pity to the people

(18)

2. He will bless them with grain, wine, and oil (19)

3. He will remove the "army" (locusts) from the north (20)

F. A CALL TO COURAGE AND GLADNESS (2:21-24)

1. A call directed by Joel towards:

a. The land, for the Lord has done marvelous things (21)

b. The beasts of the field, for the pastures and trees are

fruitful once again (22)


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