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Lesson # Joel 2:23-25
Study Material - Joel 2:23-25
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
Joel 2:23-25 23 Be glad [giyl] then, ye children [ben] of Zion [Tsiyown] , and rejoice [samach] in the LORD [Yahovah] your God [elohiym] : for he hath given [nathan] you the former rain [mowreh] moderately [tsadaqah] , and he will cause to come down [yarad] for you the rain [geshem] , the former rain [mowreh] , and the latter rain [malqowsh] in the first [ri'shown] month. 24 And the floors [goren] shall be full [male] of wheat [bar] , and the fats [yeqeb] shall overflow [shuwq] with wine [tiyrowsh] and oil [yitshar] . 25 And I will restore [shalam] to you the years [shaneh] that the locust [arbeh] hath eaten [akal] , the cankerworm [yekeq] , and the caterpiller [chaciyl] , and the palmerworm [gazam] , my great [gadowl] army [chayil] which I sent [shalach] among you. KJV-Interlinear 23 So rejoice, O sons of Zion, And be glad in the LORD your God; For He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain, The early and latter rain as before. 24 And the threshing floors will be full of grain, And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil. 25 'Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you. NASB
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Rejoice is a word for happiness restored. The sorrow of the attack of the locusts (difficulties of the world) is to be removed. God sent them, and God will remove them. Though we face many obstacles in this world, there is none which God cannot remove.
God restores the rain (of righteousness) for it is from the rain that prosperity is restored. Without Gods rain (righteousness acquired through faith in Christ, righteousness through spiritual growth from Bible study), then there is no prosperity, no promise, nothing to look forward to in life.
This is one of the basic principles taught by the Bible. God is the source of all the life giving rain. The before rain - any and all provision even prior to our existence, and prior to the difficulties we come face to face with in life, and the latter rain - all future promise, and hope, and security which we potentially can acquire from God.
When we place our lives in the sphere of His will, and that simply means when we study our Bible everyday, when we place ourselves in fellowship, when we comply with that which the Bible teaches us, then prosperity will abound in our lives.
If you have faded away, and had to be disciplined with the invasion of the locusts (so to speak), and then return to God, then you will recover whatever it was you have lost, and then some. This recovery only accompanies your repentance (your change of attitude) toward God, and with that, your compliance with His will.
Don't try to come back half way, or come back to God with certain strings or conditions attached to your attitude. Don't play games with God, don't try to add your own personal rules to that which God expects of you. Don't keep trying to make exceptions or incorporate compromises into Gods Word.
Too often people will do just that (subtly) and they wonder why this Bible stuff doesn't seem to work. Then there are those who try to bargain with God. 'Ok God, I'll come back if you do this or that for me!' Remember that God doesn't need you. Not at all. But you do need Him. So mankind (that is you and me) does not have any kind of a bargaining position. Zip. We don't have anything to offer God. We have nothing He would want.
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End of lesson.
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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