Continuing my study of Joel, I would like to share on Joel 2:20-28. This passage begins with Joel comparing the locust swarm to the coming army (or some believe it is a description of an actual army invasion). It could also be referring to the Lord’s army coming in justice. Joel urges repentance and tells them, God wants their hearts.
Following the description of devastation caused by the locust plague, he brings a word of deliverance and hope. The Lord has mercy on the repentant and will freely pardon. He says,
“6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)
The rest of this passage describes God’s character toward His people who are repentant and have given God their hearts.
- HE IS REDEEMER
“I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things. (Joel 2:20) “
The Lord redeems us from our enemies. He diverts them from our path and removes them from our land. He has power over the enemy and when we are obedient and repentant, God will protect us.
- HE IS GREAT
Joel 2:21 “Do not fear, O Land, rejoice & be glad, For the Lord has done great things”
Great – gadal meaning great, powerful, important
Yes, God has done good and wonderful things… but this says He is has done POWERFUL things!
- HE IS RESTORER
“22 Fear not, you beasts 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 Be glad, O children of Zion, 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 latter rain, as before. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.”Joel 2:22-25
In the above verses, God restores all of the land from its destruction and drought and barrenness. Let’s look at verse 26
“26You 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 am the Lord your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.”
Shame – buwsh – meaning: to feel shame, to be ashamed, disconcerted or disappointed by reason of shame.
The definition of shame is:
1) a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness or disgrace
2) One that brings dishonor, disgrace, or condemnation, a great disappointment
When we repent and believe in God, He says we [His people] “will not be put to shame.” He redeems us of our guilt, shame, unworthiness; He redeems us of the fact that we brought dishonor to Him. Where we were once sinners and unworthy, God’s redemptive character takes away all of that and makes you worthy.
He redeems, He is great and He restores!
You are made worthy!
He has done great things.