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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 4: Joel 3

SUMMARY OF JOEL 3

The enemy nations of Juday and Jerusalem will be judged for what they did to God’s people. They should prepare for war. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. Jerusalem will be safe and blessed. Judah will be inhabited forever.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 4: Joel 3

9) God will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where God will judge them for what they did to Israel. The enemy nations will prepare for war, but God will be victorious. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble.”

10a) Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her. The mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias. Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. All innocent blood will be avenged.

b) The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. Foreigners still invade Israel, and the promises of blessings have not been fulfilled because the day of the Lord has not come.

11) It’s comforting to me because evil must see justice in this world.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 4: Joel 3

There’s something inherently comforting in the last day of the Lord — knowing that all evil and sickness will be eradicated one day soon.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 4: Joel 3

The bringing back of the captives of Judah and Jerusalem can refer to both the return from Babylonian exile and the End Times.

All nations will be judged at the End Times for their actions against God’s people. This judgment of nations lies on how people have mistreated God’s people and the church, not on belief in Christ. God cares and retaliates against those who persecute Christians.

The nations will prepare for war, but have no chance against Him.

God’s people will experience lasting abundance, restoration, and redemption.

The fountain is mentioned in Ezekiel 47  and Zechariah 14:8

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 3: Joel 2:18-32

SUMMARY OF JOEL 2:18-32

God took pity on his people and their cries. “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.” Joel says to not be afraid for the Lord will now bless the land and protect them from their enemies. The Lord will pour out his spirit during the day of the Lord on the people who will be saved.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 3: Joel 2:18-32

6) That the Lord took pity on his people. That he would sendgrain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy them fully; never again will He make them an object of scorn to the nations. Joel says to not be afraid for the Lord will now bless the land and protect them from their enemies.

7a) God gave all people the Holy Spirit to be with them always. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord and Jesus will be saved.

b) I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

c) God is faithful. He cares for His people. He forgives them when they turn from sin with the right heart. This is encouraging for me in my sin, too.

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John 16:7-15: The Holy Spirit guides us in the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify Jesus because it is from Jesus that he will receive what he will make known to you. He will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.

Acts 1:8:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Romans 8:9-16: the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. You will have eternal life because the Spirit is living in you. The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. We have freedom and glory because of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. The Holy Spirit allows us to bear these spiritual fruits. The result of the work of the Spirit in a believer’s life is these attributes.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 3: Joel 2:18-32

I love how God always is there to provide us with our needs and how the gift of the Holy Spirit is something none of us should take for granted.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 14, Day 3: Joel 2:18-32

God promises to provide for his repentent people and protect them from their enemies. God will restore His people fully, promising to bring rain and restore what the locusts ate.

Then there will be ultimate restoration and blessing and God’s Spirit will be poured out onto the people after Jesus dies. During Old Testament times, only certain people had the Spirit come upon them.

Joel’s prophecy would be fulfilled at Pentecost when 120 believers were the first to receive the Holy Spirit with signs from heaven.

All are eligible to come to God and to pray for Him to come into their lives.

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