Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Joel telling two poems about “The Day of the LORD” where the both poem talks about destruction upon his people. The first one is an past event where God will send an plague of Locusts upon Israel like with the Egyptians for Exodus. The second is a future event where God sends an army Locust which represent God’s army and destroys everything in sight. Which called Joel to repent, fast, and pray in the name of the LORD for mercy and spare his people for their wrong doings. With Joel actions and recognizing the situation, God did show mercy and spared his people by driving out all those horrible things and help them restore their land and gave them many blessings.
What is one key verse?
Joel 2: 12-13
“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
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.
How does what you read change your vision of God or others?
With recognizing our sins and owning up to it by repenting and fasting like Joel did, God will show us mercy but only that we “truly” change ourselves before God eyes! We cannot fake and lie or repent “once” in God’s eyes just to seek his mercy for a mistake that we caused on purpose.
Action step/how will you go with God because of this?
God wants us to love him and go to him in our darkest hours. I will seek input on my character from others and learn how to correct and change my ways in God’s eyes.
How do you see Jesus through this?
I see Jesus as being a good parent that want to discipline us and guide us to the right path we must take for our lives.