SNAPSHOT OF JOEL
- Date: Debatable: 835 BC (Assyrian Empire) or 500 BC (Persian Empire)
- Theme: Disasters are a time to turn to God.
- Key Verse: Joel 2:13 – 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.
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis, visit fellowshipcleveland.com/the-other-guys and click on “The Bible Project Synopsis” for Joel.
What is your biggest regret?
What does the name “Joel” mean?*
Read Joel 1:1-4. Joel begins just after a great disaster struck the nation. What is the difference between the various locusts? What point do you think Joel is trying to make?
Read Exodus 10:4-15 and Revelation 9:7-10. Do you think the purpose of the locusts in these three occurrences are comparable? Why or why not?
Read Joel 1:16-20. Why would God bring such devastation on His people?
Read 1 Samuel 15:22, Psalm 51:16-17, Ezekiel 11:19, Hosea 6:6, Joel 2:12-14, and Micah 6:6-8. What is God ultimately looking for from His people?
Aaron stated that restoration doesn’t happen without repentance. What would true repentance look like in your life?
As a result of true repentance, what does God promise (Joel 2:19-27). What would it mean to “repay you for the years the locusts have eaten” (2:25)?
Read Acts 2:14-21. In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter quotes from Joel 2:28-32. Why do you think Peter used this passage to speak to the Jewish leaders about Jesus?
* The name Joel means Yahweh is God.
Aaron closed his message with a call for repentance and restoration. Ask God to open your heart to any areas that you need to confess and seek restoration, whether it be with God Himself, or with those around you.
Read the Book of Amos by next Sunday:
- Monday 6/18: 1-2
- Tuesday 6/19: 3-4
- Wednesday 6/20: 5-6
- Thursday 6/21: 7-8
- Friday 6/22: 9
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Read the Book of Joel and find every occurrence of the phrase, “the day of the Lord”. How many different “days” do you believe Joel is describing? Is it one specific day or does it refer to multiple days?
Read the following passages and note what you learn about “the day of the Lord” from them:
- Isaiah 2:17-18
- Isaiah 13:6-9
- Ezekiel 30:3
- Joel 1:15
- Joel 2:1
- Joel 2:11
- Joel 2:31-32
- Joel 3:14-16
- Amos 5:18-20
- Zephaniah 1:7-9
- Zechariah 14:1
- Malachi 4:5-6
- 2 Peter 3:10
- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
- Revelation 6:13-18
Though many of the verses above describe the “day of the Lord” as “dreadful” or “cruel”, God is described as gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love, longing for reconciliation, and relenting over disaster. How do you reconcile these two seemingly paradoxical pictures of God?