What is the book of joel all about
Books by Joel Osteen (Author of Your Best Life Now)
Unlocking the Old Testament Part 48 - Obadiah and Joel 1
Book of Joel
The term indicates the short length of the text in relation to longer prophetic texts known as the Major Prophets. After a superscription ascribing the prophecy to Joel son of Pethuel , the book may be broken down into the following sections:. The Book of Joel's division into chapters and verses differs widely between editions of the Bible; some editions have three chapters, others four. In the King James Bible , the Book of Joel is formed by three chapters: the second one has 32 verses, and it is equivalent to the union of the chapter 2 with 26 verses and chapter 3 with 5 verses of other editions of the Bible. The differences of the division is as follows: . As there are no explicit references in the book to datable persons or events, scholars have assigned a wide range of dates to the book. The main positions are: .
Author: The prophet Joel. Purpose: To call God's people to repentance so they could escape judgment and enjoy blessings on the approaching day of the Lord. Date: Unknown Key Truths: Temporary, historical judgments call for repentance. Temporary judgments indicate the importance of repentance for the great day of the Lord. God promises his repentant people salvation from judgment and unending blessings in the future. The book gives us no other information about the prophet, and he is mentioned nowhere else in Scripture. Time and Place of Writing: Since the book of Joel contains no clear indications as to when it was written, it is exceedingly difficult to date the book.
Who wrote this book?
The Book of Joel accounts for justice over evil in a form that's unique to the other Old Testament prophets. Unlike the other Books, Joel tells us a story about a terrible plague of locusts that seems to traverse across time. No particular mention of Israel's sins is present in the book, but the consequences of the terrible events described are certainly clear: God will one day wipe out all evil and start creation over. But through this destruction also comes eternal protection for those who believe in Him. Salvation from the Messianic King is once again prophesied, but this time the Holy Spirit is prophesied to come too, causing seemingly ordinary people to have visions, divine dreams, and be filled with God's Spirit. That's exactly what happened during Pentecost to Jesus' disciples after His death and resurrection, ensuring us that the Day of the Lord is even closer at hand today. Joel reflects on the "Day of the Lord" and how true repentance will bring about the great restoration hoped for in the other prophetic books.