Joel Chapter 1
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12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.
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Matthew Henry's Joel Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
From the desolations about to come upon the land of Judah, by the ravages of locusts and other insects, the prophet Joel exhorts the Jews to repentance, fasting, and prayer. He notices the blessings of the gospel, with the final glorious state of the church.A plague of locusts. (1-7) All sorts of people are called to lament it. (8-13) They are to look to God. (14-20)1-7 The most aged could not remember such calamities as were about to take place. Armies of insects were coming upon the land to eat the fruits of it. It is expressed so as to apply also to the destruction of the country by a foreign enemy, and seems to refer to the devastations of the Chaldeans. God is Lord of hosts, has every creature at his command, and, when he pleases, can humble and mortify a proud, rebellious people, by the weakest and most contemptible creatures. It is just with God to take away the comforts which are abused to luxury and excess; and the more men place their happiness in the gratifications of sense, the more severe temporal afflictions are upon them. The more earthly delights we make needful to satisfy us, the more we expose ourselves to trouble.
8-13 All who labour only for the meat that perishes, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of their labour. Those that place their happiness in the delights of sense, when deprived of them, or disturbed in the enjoyment, lose their joy; whereas spiritual joy then flourishes more than ever. See what perishing, uncertain things our creature-comforts are. See how we need to live in continual dependence upon God and his providence. See what ruinous work sin makes. As far as poverty occasions the decay of piety, and starves the cause of religion among a people, it is a very sore judgment. But how blessed are the awakening judgments of God, in rousing his people and calling home the heart to Christ, and his salvation!
14-20 The sorrow of the people is turned into repentance and humiliation before God. With all the marks of sorrow and shame, sin must be confessed and bewailed. A day is to be appointed for this purpose; a day in which people must be kept from their common employments, that they may more closely attend God's services; and there is to be abstaining from meat and drink. Every one had added to the national guilt, all shared in the national calamity, therefore every one must join in repentance. When joy and gladness are cut off from God's house, when serious godliness decays, and love waxes cold, then it is time to cry unto the Lord. The prophet describes how grievous the calamity. See even the inferior creatures suffering for our transgression. And what better are they than beasts, who never cry to God but for corn and wine, and complain of the want of the delights of sense? Yet their crying to God in those cases, shames the stupidity of those who cry not to God in any case. Whatever may become of the nations and churches that persist in ungodliness, believers will find the comfort of acceptance with God, when the wicked shall be burned up with his indignation.
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 20 on 2/11/2014, 4:26pm...
Joel 1 20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee for the rivers of waters are dried up and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness the beast of the field have no substance for the sun caused the rivers and lakes all to be dried up and fire devoured the pastures of the wilderness
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 19 on 2/11/2014, 4:21pm...
Joel 1 19 O LORD to thee will I cry for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field the sun hath put fire to the pastures all the trees are burnt up
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 18 on 2/11/2014, 4:19pm...
Joel 1 18 How do the beasts groan the herds of cattle are perplexed because they have no pasture yea the flocks of sheep are made desolate The cattle all are faint for lack of food the sheep are all dead
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 16 on 2/11/2014, 4:15pm...
Joel 1 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes yea joy and gladness from the house of our God Is not the Wisdom of the Word of God cut off from before our eyes can we not discern the times we are living in How can we have joy in the House of our God when We allow evil to dictate unto us because of our not teaching our own children according to Gods ways
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 15 on 2/11/2014, 4:08pm...
Joel 1 15 Alas for the day for the day of the LORD is at hand and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come For the terrible day of the Lord is upon us that day no sane man should ever hope for evil and wickedness everywhere sadness death and stench little food on land or in the sea man eating of things sacrificed unto idols in order to eat but still shall not be satisfied fear on every side no where to hid no where to run their confederates have all gone their own ways will we find a fast unto repenting or should the Lord put an end to us
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 14 on 2/11/2014, 3:56pm...
Joel 1 14 Sanctify ye a fast call a solemn assembly gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God and cry unto the LORD Declare unto your region a fast unto God to redeem you from your hopelessness And to return into the house of the Lord to let Him know you want His Holy Words
Faithfull's Joel Chapter 1 comment about verse 13 on 2/11/2014, 3:51pm...
Joel 1 13 Gird yourselves and lament ye priests howl ye ministers of the altar come lie all night in sackcloth ye ministers of my God for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God prayer and fasting in sackcloth all night till the Lords return for evil has forbidden you to teach Gods Holy Word in His Holy Temples
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