- 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 3
The nations judged.
Prophetic vision of the day of the Lord continues in chapter 3 with conclusion of God’s judgement and restoration.
The day of the Lord will be the day of judgement on all the nations, Tyre, Sidon, and Philistia. Because the Philistines and Phoenicians sold Israelites as slaves to Gentiles. The trial will be held in the valley of Jehoshaphat which is called the valley of decision. Judgement against them will be this: their children will be sold to Arabia. The holy war between the Lord’s warriors and all the nations will be done.
The day of the Lord will be the day of restoration. Jerusalem shall be holy, where God will dwell, and no longer be invaded by foreign nations. This is the vision that the covenant between God and Israel shall be restored. In this day, the blessing of God will be bestowed in the land with fertility.
The day of the Lord is the day of completion of divine forgiveness (v.21)
The image of harvest in the day of the Lord is continuously envisioned in the New Testament, Matthew 3:10-12, Mark 4:29, Revelation 14:15).
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?