The season of long suffering is ending and the nation of Israel (the summer fruits) is ripe for judgement.
Point: Sometimes it is through the trials and judgements that our eyes are refocused solely upon God. May we not be a people in famine of God's Word.
Before the creation of the world, the Father’s good plan for rescuing his children was to send Jesus to earth. We can be victorious over our own darkness by receiving Jesus as the Word of God for ourselves.
After God's plague of locust, followed by a famine, the spirit of His people has been awakened. Joel calls for a nationwide prayer along with fasting. God asks for a rent heart of His people, and when this is evident, we see that He not only relents, but follows up with a blessing and restoration.
The book of Joel is the written prophetic word of God given to the prophet Joel directed towards the southern kingdom of Judah and its capital, Jerusalem. The message begins, as we will see this morning, with a coming plague of locusts. Little is known about the author other than the short description in 1:1—”Joel, the son of Pethuel.” The name Joel derives from two Hebrew words—the first is the abbreviated form of the covenantal name of God, Yahweh, with the common Hebrew word for God, ‘el and thus—Joel means, “Yahweh is God.”
In the calling of Jonah to "arise, and go" we see a prophet unwilling to give the message of God to an enemy of Israel, the Ninevites. In this first chapter, we see an OT example of God's openness and equality of love to Gentiles—a pre-cursor (one of several found in Jonah) of the coming Savior. We are given a glimpse of some of the qualities and characteristics of YHWH—mainly compassion, faithfulness, and power/might.
Though sin has destroyed God's original intention for the world, it does not have the last word or the final say. God is unrelenting in His desire to restore all that He has created. He has gone to great lengths to redeem His creation and to reconcile us to Himself.
Key Scripture: Romans 8:18-39
Our final sermon on a 3-part series titled "We Are The Church." Scripture is clear: We are all called to share the good news with others. For some, that may be to the "end of the earth"; taking the gospel message to other areas in the world. For others, it may be right here in our own back yard. Regardless of where God calls us, we are all called to share the good news of Jesus Christ.