Advent Themes: Waiting; Expectation; Judgment; Hope; Longing; Joy
Christmas Themes: Word incarnate; Celebration; Joy; Salvation
The prophet Joel was sent by God to speak to a post-exile community of Israel. It was a seemingly bleak chapter in their history, with both natural disasters and the threat from neighbouring nations casting a shadow of fear upon the people. It was to these very real experiences that Joel was given divine insight, to which he draws a vivid portrait not only of God’s judgment and displeasure at Israel’s disobedience, but also of God’s faithfulness and grace. As we, the new covenant children of God, prepare to celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus Christ, may we also learn from Joel about a God who is jealous for the holiness, love and fruitfulness of his children!
|27 Nov||A Wake Up Call||Joel 1:1-2:11|
|4 Dec||Call to Repentant Prayer||Joel 2:12-27|
|11 Dec||The Outpouring of God’s Grace||Joel 2:28-32|
|18 Dec||The Promise of Justice||Joel 3:1-6|
|25 Dec||The Promise of God’s Presence, Forever||Joel 3:17-21|