JOEL TOTAL CHAPTERS: 3
JOEL TOTAL VERSES: 73
TOTAL WORDS: 2,034
DATE WRITTEN: 835 BC
The Day Of The Lord. Woes upon Judah. Hope and restoration: repent in hope of future restoration.
God, Joel, People of Judah.
BOOK OF JOEL KEY VERSES:
1:4: What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten.
2:25: I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.
2:28: And afterward, 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.
The book of Joel written around 800BC and begins by describing a disastrous attack of locusts in the country of Judah. This attack causes significant damage to the economy and agriculture as this disaster of locusts is accompanied by a severe famine throughout the land. Prophet Joel calls the people to repent and interpreted the attack of locusts as the Day of the Lord when God would act directly to punish His people for their sins. Joel actually points out that these types of calamities are signs of God’s displeasure that if goes ignored the future consequences would be much devastating. The overall theme of the book is the day of the Lord. This phrase is used 19 times in the OT and five times in this small brief book of Joel. The first chapter begins with the locusts attack which already happened. The second chapter gives predictions of another attack but looks like Joel depicting an army of humans this time attacking and a sort of future prediction of Babylonian attack. Joel invites the people and the priests to fast and humble themselves and seek God’s forgiveness. If they respond, there will be resumed physical and spiritual blessings for the community.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1: The Plague of Locusts. A severe insect plague. What the locust swarm has left other locusts have eaten. “The day of Jehovah is near”. A Call To Lamentation. The prophet calls to Jehovah.
Chapter#2: The Coming Day of the Lord. A great army is on the mountains. Jehovah’s day and his great army. A call to return to Jehovah. “Rip apart your hearts”. The Response And Promise Of Yahweh “Fear not, I will restore you. I will pour out my Spirit.”. Wonders in heaven and on earth. Those calling on Jehovah’s name will be saved
Chapter#3: Great Events of the Day of the Lord. Jehovah judges all the nations. Valley of Jehoshaphat. Valley of decision. Jehovah, a fortress for Israel. Jehovah blesses his people. A New Life Promised For Judah.