There is a day coming when the Lord will return and judge all nations. All those not following Jesus will be slain by the Lord.
Joel 2 Pictures this Day
As a watchman, Joel sounds the trumpet warning of an approaching enemy. An enemy that ultimately destroys Israel. Their destruction points to the Day of the Lord.
Commenting on Joel 2:1-11, John Calvin says,
The object of the narrative, then, is to make the people sensible, that it was now no time for taking rest; for the Lord, having long tolerated their wickedness, was now resolved to pour upon them in full torrent his whole fury.
Table Talk magazine commenting on Calvin says,
Calvin reminds us the final end is not to preach judgment for judgement’s sake, but to warn people to turn from sin.
The many disasters lately – New Orleans; New York; Moore, OK; West, TX – should bring to mind the Day of the Lord. Knowing it is approaching and may occur at any moment, should cause us to eagerly call others to repent. Friends, neighbors, family members, and even strangers need the gospel. It is our only hope as the Day draws near. May we bravely and boldly proclaim it to all who will listen.
Questions for Reflection
- Does impending judgment motivate you to preach the gospel to your neighbors?
- Are you satisfied others will face judgment, or does it motivate you to share Jesus?
Table Talk Magazine, June 2013, The Army of the Lord, Friday, June 14