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The Day of the LORD, Part 2

The Minor Prophets: The God of Our Salvation

Pastor Jim Thomas

Joel 2:28-3:21

“The Day of the LORD” is a biblical phrase that signifies God’s special interventions in human history wherein God acts with righteous judgment against sin and evil or, wherein by His sovereign grace, God acts to bring deliverance and salvation to His people.

These Bible passages often describe the nature, scope and timing of the Day of the LORD and may broadly refer to any of God’s actions in three contexts: historic, imminent and ultimate.

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”  
Matthew 25:31-33

1. The Basis for God’s Righteous Judgment (verses 1-3) 

2. The Integrity of God’s Righteous Judgment (verses 4-8)

“God’s wrath is not a cranky explosion, but his settled opposition to the cancer of sin which is eating out the insides of the human race he loves with his whole being.”
Rebecca Manley Pippert, Hope Has its Reasons

“The Christian view of judgment means that history moves to a goal…Judgment means that evil will be disposed of authoritatively, decisively, finally. Judgment means that in the end God’s will will be perfectly done.”

Leon Morris, The Biblical Doctrine of Judgment

3. Our Role in the context of God’s Righteous Judgment (verses 9-16)

“Proclaim this among the nations…”

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping, and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness, and relenting of evil.”
Joel 2:12-13

“There are some people who believe that fidelity to the gospel simply means speaking, “You kids get off my lawn.” That is not the message that has been given to us. If the call to repentance does not end with the invitation that is grounded in the bloody cross and the empty tomb of Jesus we are speaking a different word than the word that we have been given.” 

Russell Moore

“It is easy to be prophetic from the margins; what is needed is to be prophetic from the center.” 
D. A. Carson:

4. The Benefits of God’s Righteous Judgment (verses 17-21)

  • Verse 17 opens with: “Then you will know  that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain…”  
  • Verse 21 closes the entire book with: “For the LORD dwells in Zion.”

Discussion Questions

  • Joel 2:32 refers to God’s calling on your life to confess faith in Him and your calling out to Him in response (decision) as the means to salvation—this duality is a mystery. Are you able to hold both in tension or are you demanding control over your faith?
  • Do you see the problem of sin as a surface mole that can be easily removed and forgotten or as a cancer “which is eating out the insides of the human race” (Rebecca Pippert)? Why is it important to understand sin as a cancer?
  • Pastor Jim states that one of Joel’s themes is “the ultimate reality and irrevocability of God having the last word.” Does this bring you comfort or does it frighten you? Why?

“God’s memory and attention to detail do not chop and change like our contemporary media, according to the latest disaster or genocide. He has both books and a bottle, which together are more accurate and permanent than the world’s most up-to-date computer with the latest software. These have limitless capacity. They contain everything that anyone has ever thought, said or done. In one particular book are written the names of those on the citizen-role of the new Jerusalem. In the bottle are stored all the tears and the tossings of God’s people.”
David Prior, The Bible Speaks Today

“Nothing provokes the world’s opposition more than the gospel of Jesus Christ. For it emphasizes such unpalatable doctrines as the gravity of human sin and guilt, the reality of God’s wrath and judgment, the impossibility of self-salvation, the necessity of the cross, the freeness of eternal life, and the dangers of eternal death. These truths undermine human pride and arouse human opposition.”

John Stott, What Christ Thinks of the Church

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them.’” 
Revelation 21:1–3

SONGS, READINGS & PRAYER

June 16, 2024

Songs:

“King Forevermore“ by Aaron Keyes & Pete James
“All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name“ by Oliver Holden, Edward Perronet, and John Rippon
“Ancient Of Days“ by Jesse Reeves, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson
“Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun“ Verse Words by Isaac Watts, Verse Music by John Hatton; Chorus Words and Music by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Ed Cash
“Doxology” by Thomas Ken & Louis Bourgeois

All songs are used by Permission. CCLI License #200369

Call To Worship: Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Confession: Faithful Father

Leader: What do we believe when we say: We believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth? 

People: That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and all that is in them, still upholds and governs them by his eternal counsel and providence. In him we trust so completely as to have no doubt that he will provide us with all things necessary for body and soul, and will also turn to our good whatever adversity he sends us in this life. He is able to do so as almighty God, and willing also as a faithful Father. 

Heidelberg Catechism, Question 26

Classic Prayer: Syrian Clementine Liturgy

O God, Who are the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings, and the bestower of affection, Who sends peace to those that receive it; open to us this day the sea of Your love, and water us with the plenteous streams from the riches of Your grace.

Make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace. Kindle in us the fire of Your love; sow in us Your fear; strengthen our weakness by Your power; bind us closely to You and to each other in one firm bond of unity; for the sake of Jesus Christ.

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