Today’s passage: Joel 2:18-32
- With verse 18, the theme of this book transitions to God’s merciful and gracious restoration of His people and their land.
- Peter quotes Joel 2:28-32 in Acts 2:16-21. Joel’s prophecy appears to refer to the end times, but the day of Pentecost served as a major transition toward God’s plan of final redemption.
- Paul also refers to this passage in Romans 10:13. This promise is not for the Jews only.
- But, there will be a remnant among the people of national Israel who call on the name of the Lord for salvation. And whoever calls, will be saved.
Questions to consider:
- What kinds of markers do you see in today’s passage that convey a different time from the prophecies of the previous section in the book of Joel? What changes are evident?
- What is God’s motivation for these actions? What do verses like 18, 21, 23, 27, and 32 teach us about God?
- From what do we need to be saved? How does our sin eliminate the possibility that we could save ourselves? What can we learn from the first and second half of verse 32? Who is doing the calling in each instance?