Prayer: O God, teach us through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God,
After another period of exile and oppression of the Israelites, Joel brings word to God’s people to remind them of their special status and that they have born special hardships, but that day was going to come to an end. In fact, not only for them as God’s people, but also to all humanity.
Our devotion writer calls the plague that has destroyed the crops and caused starvation of their animals, as a call to repentance; “Joel interprets this disaster as a call to repentance and calls for a solem fast among the people. In response, God promises to ‘pour our my spirit on all flesh’ (v. 28)—men women, young and old—and they will prophesy and see visions. Not only will God’s Spirit will pour down and refresh the people with hope and vision for the future.”
And so we have come to Pentecost to remember the joy of that wonderful day when God’s Spirit was poured out so vividly. We don’t get much chance to see the Spirit come in that way these days. It is mostly done for those who don’t already believe, and usually in small groups. However, we are not stopped from dreaming dreams and having visions to spread hope and peace and love for the future.
Prayer: “Thank you, God, for promises fulfilled. Renew me daily in faith and hope, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God’s Response and Promise
18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land, and had pity on his people. 19 In response to his people the Lord said: I am sending you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a mockery among the nations.
20 I will remove the northern army far from you, and drive it into a parched and desolate land, its front into the eastern sea, and its rear into the western sea; its stench and foul smell will rise up. Surely he has done great things!
21 Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! 22 Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
23 O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
God’s Spirit Poured Out
28 Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.