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.
Rose stern's Joel Chapter 1 comment on 5/16/2013, 9:29am...
Dear neighbors;thank you for the Bible Quiz site;it helps me a lot in my studies.I merely want to say that ,I rather you not use the word Luck (as you say at the end of some questions..."Better luck...).thank you.
Sharon's Joel Chapter 1 comment on 5/14/2013, 4:43pm...
This is literal as well as spiritual. Yahwehs people as descendents from Abraham Isaac and Jacob...many Americans do not know they are descendents. But Yahweh knows. Well they have not been recieving wine or wheat or barley.... they are starving for true interpretation from the Scriptures. Pastors claim to be feeding the flocks... but it is false. Surely the Yahweh will reveal his secrets to his servants the prophets. And he chooses someone from the line of prophets to reveal these truths... there is one line... and they try to tell the leaders of the Christian churches.... but are blocked... just as in the days of the Catholic church. All these protestant leaders stopped protesting and now their flocks are starving. We must call a solemn feast (keep the feast) and meet with Yahweh at his appointed times and meet with his appointed prophet. In these days.... when we see this destruction of all these things coming to pass before our very eyes.
TIM's Joel Chapter 1 comment on 1/06/2013, 8:28pm...
If we look close, this is also a parallel message to the United States, since our laws are Judeo-Christian laws linked to Israel. The rotten seeds would be our wheat in the grain belt the West. The meat cut off would be the cattle that were slaughtered because of the drought in the West. The fires are the uncontrollable fires, burning out west. These are signs, signals to the people of God to wake up. Food prices will double price and more in the future because of shortages. The key is get right with God, God is coming to get his people, come into the kingdom of God.
Timothy Wayne George's Joel Chapter 1 comment on 2/18/2012, 8:51am...
Joel is calling us to prepare for the Day ofthe Lord. Ministers and priest should mourn. We should santify a fast, and call the elders to the assembly. The coming of the Lord should produce a holy life. We are not to be drunk with wine, but rather are to be filled with the spirit. Prepare to meet the Lord.
Jesse younger's Joel Chapter 1 comment on 12/20/2010, 8:39am...
I like the way the 1611 is worded I think that alot is lost in translation 1611 seems to nail it Joel gives alot about the last days that I have never heard in churches
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