This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll continue looking at the genres of Major and Minor Prophets.
What Is Joel? This book, addressed to Judah, is a collection of prophecies made through the prophet Joel, primarily revolving around a locust plague meant to signify the coming Day of the Lord. In it, God calls Judah to repent and return to Him.
How Joel Fits Into the Story: The book of Joel shows the Creator and Redeemer God in complete control of all the universe. Joel reminds us that the God of judgment is also a God of mercy, who stands ready to redeem and restore when His people turn to Him and trust Him.
1. What did you learn about God’s nature from Joel 2:12–17 that can draw you to repentance?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.