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Joel: The Day Is Coming (10 of 20)
Joel 2:11-14, 27-32
Introduction: Sometimes events happen that we never forget. September 11, 2001 was one of those events. Pearl Harbor was another. Sometimes we mark the years by the natural disasters. Some will never forget the Dust Bowl years, the big snowstorm of '69 or the floods of '93.
I will never forget the rain of July '96 in Aurora, IL. Seventeen inches in twenty-four hours. It started about 10 AM on a Wednesday morning and never stopped until about sunrise the next day. I remember looking out my bedroom window in the middle of the night and watch water pour out of the sky like a faucet had been left on. We lived on the high point of our block so we were more fortunate than most. Hundreds of basements were flooded. Scores of homes had water five feet up into their main floors. Houses were lifted from their foundations. Railroad cars toppled. The East-West Tollway heading to Chicago had water four feet deep across the four lanes of highway.
When big, history-making events like that happen, they raise questions? Why? What do we do now? Or the big question, where was God? What is he doing while all of this is happening? As CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer's asked the Roman Catholic bishop of Los Angeles on the afternoon of September 11, "Can you help us make sense out of the things that have occurred today?" God's prophet Joel was sent to provide God's answer to that question.
This brings us to Joel, the 29th book in our adventure though the Bible. Joel is the second of what we term the Minor Prophets. The Hebrew Bible simply terms these books The Twelve. Most are short, to the point, and focused on the need of God's people to understand where God is in the midst of a tumultuous world. Joel's three brief chapters all center on a disaster. It wasn't a flood or earthquake, but something just as devastating. Joel 1:2-3, "Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. ...
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