"And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls." 2:32
WRITTEN TO: ISRAEL
CENTURY WRITTEN: 835 BC
KEY BIBLE VERSE: JOEL 2:32
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CHAPTERS 1-2a: FOCUS ON THE DAY OF THE LORD
CHAPTERS 2b-3: EMPOWERING SPIRIT AND THE RENEWAL OF CREATION
POETRY BUT ALSO PROPHECY
God sent a plague of locusts to destroy the land of Judah in response to the sinfulness and unfaithfulness of the people. This was the setting for Joel’s plea that the people return to the Lord in repentance and faith. Joel warned a far worse day—the day of the Lord, a day of God’s judgement—would come. This would be a time when God would punish all people who rejected Him and His ways.
Joel ends with God’s promises to restore Judah. If God’s people will repent and serve Him, they shall be delivered; but, if they choose to act against God, then the day of the Lord must be a day of judgement and destruction to them also.
1. God is the judge of everyone!
2. God judges the things we do right and wrong.
KEY TEACHING POINTS
1. God is the judge of all people and the way of their lives.
2. God's judgement is both good and fair.
1. At the end of all things God will judge the way of the lives of all people.
2. If we follow Jesus, we are clothed with His righteousness for judgement!
AGE APPROPRIATE ADAPTATIONS
For the age of the children in Mini Church you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners.
For the age of the children in Kids Church you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners.