During the time of Prophet Joel, a locust invasion had devastated the land of Judah. As Joel the son of Pethuel, reflected on this calamity, the word of the Lord came to him. He became a great prophet proclaiming to his people the divine implications of this catastrophe. The book of Joel, which bears his name, records Joel’s sermon upon this occasion.
The prophet describes the plague in terms of a human army which morning on, leaves behind it a scorched earth- see Chapter 1:4-12 and Chapter 2:2-10. In this attack of insects, Joel knows God is at work. Indeed this is God army see Chapter 2:11 and the day of its invasion is the Day of the Lord, the day of god’s judgment upon sinful people -see Chapter 1;15 and Chapter 2;1 and 11. The prophet urges the people to repent and extends the hope that God will relent and withdraw the judgment-see chapter 1:14 and Chapter 2:12-17
Evidently, Joel’s ministry was more successful than that of many of the prophets for God’s relenting – see Chapter 2:18-27, indicates that the people did repent. I will remove the northern army (that is the locust) and I will restore to you the years which the locust hath eaten” is the prophet’s assurance in God’s name. But Joel’s sermon was not yet finished.
Worse judgments were ahead for the world which did not acknowledge God’s sovereign nor adhere to the common ethical standards of heathen nations see Chapter 3:3-8. God will graciously give His spirit to all His people – see Chapter 2:28-29, but the Gentile nations will be judged and punished – see Chapter 3:1 and 9- 16. From this wrath, God’s people will be delivered – see Chapter 2: 32. Then Judah and Jerusalem will be wonderfully prosperous and be eternally blessed with the divine presence- chapter 3:18-21.
In these terms, Joel expressed the human hope and the divine promise
His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdoms of this world shall “becomes the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign for ever and ever-see Revelation Chapter 11:15.
THE OUTLINE Of THE BOOK OF JOEL THE LOCUST PLAGUE AND ITS REMOVAL-CHAPTERl:l-2:27
The plague of Locust-Chapter 1:1-20
The people Urged to repent-Chapter 2:1-17 God Pities and Promises Relief-Chapter 2;18-27
THE FUTURE DAY OF THE LORD-CHAPTER 2:28-3:21
The spirit of God to be poured out-Chapter 2:28-32 The judgment of the nations-Chapter 3:1-17
The Blessing upon lsrael after the judgment-Chapter 3:18-21