Minor Prophets – Message of Joel

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Minor Prophets – Joel

 

To The Mountain Top Locusts

Joel 2:11

The day of the Lord is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

There is nothing anyone can do to stop this future army, with the exception of One thing:

  • Repent
  • Fast
  • Turn your hearts to God

Joel 2:12-16

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 “Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly”

                Why does God allow us to face hard times?

Joel 2:19 

The Lord replied to them:

 “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.

Here is the truth:

God loves blessing His children!

Joel 2:28-32

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved

Some of the most familiar apocalyptic phrases are found in Joel:

  • Pour out His Spirit on all people
  • Miracles will once again flow
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Joel 3:1-2

 “In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

There I will put them on trial
for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
and divided up my land.

Joel 3:17-18

17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
never again will foreigners invade her.

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and the hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
and will water the valley of acacias”

 

Genuine repentance has to do with a heart change

Genuine repentance:

  • The Bible commands it
  • Our wickedness demands it
  • Justice requires it
  • Jesus preached it
  • God expects it

 

Three parts to genuine repentance:

  • Conviction
  • Broken heartedness
  • Recognizing the need to change

               

“God is near the broken hearted”

  • Psalms 34:18

 

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Message of Hosea

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Minor Prophets – Hosea

Hosea 1:1

“The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel”

Map of IsraelHosea 1:2

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim”

They have three kids:

  • Kid 1 – Jezreel – Soon punish the house of Jehu
  • Kid 2 – Lo-Ruhamal – No compassion
  • Kid 3 – Lo-Ammi – Not my people

Hosea 3:1-3

“The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

”So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

God’s call to Hosea parallels one of the biggest themes of the Bible:

  • God created man
  • Man rebelled against God
  • God paid the price for mankind

Seven mini sermons:

  • Listing of sins
  • The pronouncement of judgment
  • The call to repentance
  • The promise of restoration

 

THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR GETTING OUTSIDE OF GOD’S PLAN

Galatians 5:22

”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

               

Hosea 6:6

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

This is God’s desire with us:

  • Relationship is more important than obedience
  • God is not looking for programmed robots

THIS IS CHRISTIANITY:

  • To learn to lovingly walk in relationship with God
  • To choose Him over any other option available

Hosea 11:1-4

 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;

 but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.”

Hosea 11:8-9

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.

 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man—
the Holy One among you.
I will not come against their cities.

 

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Big God!

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‘Bigness’ of God

Isaiah 55:8-9

8“For my thoughts are not
your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher
than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

What We see vs. What God sees

  • We see the problem
  • God sees the path to maturity

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 16:9

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Jeremiah 1:18

Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you

GOD HAS A PLAN AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT

Isaiah 14:27

For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

 

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