- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Joel 1
Prophet Joel was unknown prophet except his name, meaning The Lord is God, as the son of Pethuel. From his book, it appears that he lived in Judah during the Persian period of Jewish history (539-331 BC). He was known as a cultic prophet, who prophesied within the life of the temple. Prophetic message of Joel has two sides; the devastating effect of a locust infestation as the judgement of God, and people’s heeding the call to repentance, turning to God, which will lead to God’s restoration.
Prophet begins with superscription, “The word of the Lord.” The day of the Lord was the day of devastation. The land was devastated by a swarm of locusts, described as a nation with lion’s teeth.
And the whole community was called upon to lament and return to the Lord. This call was for elders, farmers, and priests.
The devastation caused by the locust and draught are two disasters because of the disobedience to God.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?