The Locusts Are Coming (1 of 3) by Jerry Vines

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The Locusts Are Coming (1 of 3)
Series: Joel
Jerry Vines
Joel 1:1-2:11

Turn in your Bible to the Old Testament book of Joel. We have just looked at the book of Hosea for a few weeks and now we are looking at the book of Joel.

We don't know a great deal about Joel. We do know that his name means ''Jehovah is God.'' We don't know who he is. We don't know where he lived. We don't know when he lived and we don't know where he preached. All we have is this brief little book in the Bible. He suddenly appears on the scene. He delivers God's message and just as suddenly he is gone away again.

One morning Joel went out to get the morning paper. When he opened up the paper and looked at the headlines it said, ''Locusts are coming. Economic devastation is near.'' It was just the illustration that Joel needed to declare a message to the people of God and to call the people of God back to Him.

National disaster can be a time of great heart searching. Hosea brought his message out of the midst of a personal tragedy, Gomer his wife. Joel's message evidently arises from a national disaster. There is an invasion of locust on the way. It wasn't long until the sky became black and millions and millions of locusts were over the land. They covered the farm and the field and the forest. There were locusts everywhere. It was a national, economic disaster. Joel used it to speak a message to the people of God.

We have witnessed national disaster in our country. We see national disaster in many places in the world. Unfortunately, most of the time, we don't take it very seriously. We don't think too much about disasters when they happen in other places, but when they happen to us, suddenly it's a different matter. It gets our attention.

I was thinking today about some of the disasters that came in California in 1994. There was a series of disasters. You may remember the riots and the drought. You may remember the fires that swept the state. You may remember the floods t ...

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