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June 23, 2021 – Joel 1-3

Joel describes a terrible locust plague which, I believe, was an actual calamity, not merely a metaphor. The plague did, however, offer the prophet an occasion to speak powerfully about the coming “day of the Lord,” which would be a calamitous event for all, including Israel, who reject the Lord. But, oh my, hear what are some of the most amazing and comforting words found anywhere in the Bible: “’Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster” (2:12,13). These verses bring to mind the following, don’t you think?


Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;

Sight, riches, healing of the mind;

Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come!


Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,

Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

Because Thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come! --Charlotte Elliott

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