Joel 3:18-21; Judgments and Mercies; Promises to the Church; “No strength nor wealth of a nation is a defence against the judgment of God;” Note, The innocent blood of God’s people is very precious to Him, and not a drop of it shall be shed but it shall be reckoned for; In the last day of this earth, which has been filled with violence against the people of God, shall be made a desolation, when it and all the works therein shall be burnt up; And, sooner or later, the oppressors and persecutors of God’s Israel shall be brought down and laid in the dust, nay, they will at length be brought down and laid in the flames; Note, though the refining and reforming of the Church is work that goes on slowly, and still there is something we complain of that is not cleansed, yet there is a day coming when every thing that is amiss shall be amended, and the church shall be all fair, and no spot, no stain in here; and we must wait for that day; The Church of Christ shall continue in the world to the End of Time. B.C. 720

Judgments and Mercies; Promises to the Church. B. C. 720. Joel 3:18-21 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.   19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for Continue Reading

Joel 3:9-17; Threatenings against Israel’s Enemies; “Prepare war, wake up the mighty men;” “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision;” A challenge given to all the enemies of God’s Kingdom to do their worst, to signify to them that God is preparing war against them, they are called upon to prepare war against him; Note, The greatness of men’s wickedness makes them ripe for God’s judgment; Note, Enoch said, “Behold, the Lord comes,” as if the Judge were then standing before the door, because it is certain that that day will come and will come according to the appointment, and a thousand years with God are but as one day; things are ripening apace for it; we ought always to be ready for it, because our judgment is at hand. B.C. 720

Threatenings against Israel's Enemies. B. C. 720. Joel 3:9-17 9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:   10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.   11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones Continue Reading

Joel 3:1-8;Threatenings against Israel’s Enemies; Though the bondage of God’s people may be grievous and very long, yet it shall not be everlasting; Whatsover nation injured God’s nation, they should not go unpunished; Those that contend with God will find themselves unable to make their part good with Him; He will recompense them suddenly, when they little think of it, and have not time to prevent it; if He take them to task, He will soon effect their ruin; It is certain that none ever hardened His heart against God, or His Church, and prospered long. B.C. 720

J O E L. CHAPTER 3 In the close of the foregoing chapter we had a gracious promise of deliverance in Mount Zion and Jerusalem; now this whole chapter is a comment upon that promise, showing what that deliverance shall be, how it shall be wrought by the destruction of the church's enemies, and how it shall be perfected in the everlasting rest and joy of the church. This was in part accomplished in the deliverance of Jerusalem from the Continue Reading

Joel 2:28-32; Promise of Mercy; “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My spirit;” The judgments of God upon a sinful world, and the frequent destruction of wicked kingdoms by fire and sword, are prefaces to and presages of the judgment of the world in the last day; Those on whom the Spirit is poured out shall foresee and foretel that ‘great and terrible day of the Lord,’ and expound the wonder in heaven and earth that go before it; for, as to His first coming, so to His second, all the prophets did and do bear witness, Rev. 10:7. B.C. 720

Promise of Mercy. B. C. 720. Joel 2:28-32 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:   29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.   30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and Continue Reading

Joel 2:18-27; Promise of Mercy; “Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His people; And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, My great army which I sent among you; Note, It is a good sign that God has mercy in store for a people when He sends them teachers of righteousness, pastors after His own heart. B.C. 720

Promise of Mercy. B. C. 720. Joel 2:18-27 18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.   19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:   20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, Continue Reading

Joel 2:12-17; Exhortation to Repentance; “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;” “Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O LORD;” God brings us into straits, that He may bring us to repentance and so bring us to Himself; Thus you may stay the progress of the judgment; When the sinner’s mind is changed, God’s way towards him is changed; Note, That is genuine, ingenuous, and evangelical repentance, which arises from a firm belief of the mercy of God, which we have sinned against, and yet are not in despair. B.C. 720

Exhortation to Repentance. B. C. 720. Joel 2:12-17 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:   13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.   14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and Continue Reading

Joel 2:1-11; Threatenings of Judgment; Here is the war proclaimed: “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; Note, It is the work of ministers to give warning from the word of God of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal His wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; None can escape the arrests of God’s wrath, can make head against the force of it, or bear up under the weight of it, 1 Sam. 6:20; Ps. 76:7. B.C. 720

JOEL CHAPTER 2 In this chapter we have, I. A further description of that terrible desolation which should be made in the land of Judah by the locusts and caterpillars, ver. 1-11. II. A serious call to the people, when they are under this sore judgment, to return and repent, to fast and pray, and to seek unto God for mercy, with directions how to do this aright, ver. 12-17. III. A promise that, upon their repentance, God would remove the Continue Reading

Joel 1:14-20; Threatenings of Judgment; A Proclamation for a Fast; “Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come;” Note, If God’s ministers cannot prevail to affect others with the discoveries of divine wrath, yet they ought to be themselves affected with them; if they cannot bring others to cry to God, yet they themselves be much in prayer; Note, when God calls to contend by fire it concerns those that have any interest in heaven to cry mightily to Him for relief; See Num. 11:2; Amos 7:4-5. B.C. 720

Threatenings of Judgment; A Proclamation for a Fast. B. C. 720. Joel 1:14-20 14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,   15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.   16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from Continue Reading

Joel 1:8-13; Threatenings of Judgment; The judgment is here described as very lamentable, and such as all sorts of people should share in; it shall not only rob the drunkards of their pleasure, but it shall deprive others of their necessary subsistence; Note, The more we are wedded to our creature-comforts that harder it is to part with them; Note, The perishing of the harvest is the withering of the joy of the children of men; Those that place their happiness in the delights of the sense, when they are deprived of them, lose all their joy; whereas the children of God, who look upon the pleasures of sense with holy indifference and contempt, and know what it is to make God their hearts’ delight, can rejoice in Him as the God of their salvation even when the fig-tree does not blossom; spiritual joy is so far from withering then, that it flourishes more than ever, Hab. 3:17-18. B.C. 720

Threatenings of Judgment. B. C. 720. Joel 1:8-13 8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.   9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.   10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.   11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye Continue Reading

Joel 1:1-7; Threatenings of Judgment; It is spoken of as a judgment which there was no precedent of in former ages; Note, Those that outdo their predecessors in sin may justly expect to fall under greater and sorer judgments than any of their predecessors knew; Note, God is Lord of hosts, has all creatures at His command, and, when He pleases, can humble and mortify a proud and rebellious people by the weakest and most contemptible creatures; The weaker the instrument is that God employs the more is His power magnified. B.C. 720

J O E L. CHAPTER 1 This chapter is the description of a lamentable devastation made of the country of Judah by locusts and caterpillars. Some think that the prophet speaks of it as a thing to come and gives warning of it beforehand, as usually the prophets did of judgments coming. Others think that it was now present, and that his business was to affect the people with it and awaken them by it to repentance. I. It is spoken of as a Continue Reading