Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 2 Kgs. 13:1-11,14-25; 2 Chr. 24:23-27; Joel 1-3


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2nd Kings Chapter Thirteen

  1. The reign of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, King of Israel is detailed (2nd Kgs. 13:1-9).
    1. Jehoahaz was an evil king, following his father in the imitation of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat (v.2).
    2. He endured Divine discipline, and it humbled him (vv.3,4).
    3. The Lord blessed Jehoahaz with a deliverer, and a partial restoration of sovereignty (vv.5-7).
  2. The reign of Jehoash (Joash), King of Israel, is then described (2nd Kgs. 13:8-13).
  3. The death of Elisha (2nd Kgs. 13:14-21).
    1. His final work-assignment was to minister to the King of Israel (vv.14-19).
    2. His final miracle occurred after his physical death (vv.20,21).
  4. Jehoash obtained the three victories that Elisha had predicted (2nd Kgs. 13:22-25).

2nd Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Four

(vv.23-27 outline included in yesterday’s notes)

Joel Chapter One

  1. The Book of Joel is a prophetic revelation “the word of the Lord that came” intended for the elders and inhabitants of the land (Joel 1:1).
  2. Remarkable events in temporal-life must be observed, and preserved in the memories of passing generations—because the spiritual-life lessons of these temporal-life events are vital for believers to learn (Joel 1:2-3).
  3. The Lord utilized four plagues of locusts in rapid succession to illustrate the destructive nature of His Divine discipline (Joel 1:4).
  4. Joel calls various groups to mourn for the devastation of the land (Joel 1:5-13).
    1. Drunkards (vv.5-10).
    2. Farmers & vinedressers (vv.11-12).
    3. Priests (v.13).
  5. Joel calls all the land to action—the fasting and prayer of a repentant people before the Lord (Joel 1:14-20).
    1. Fasting and prayer is urgent because the Day of the Lord is near (v.15a).
    2. Present tribulation is a warning for the coming destruction (v.15b).
    3. The coming destruction will not be at the hands of natural phenomena, or human agency, but will be the direct work of the Almighty (cf. Isa. 13:6).

Joel Chapter Two

  1. The coming and near Day of the Lord is Joel’s reason for sounding the alarm (Joel 2:1).
  2. The invading army is described in terrible, invincible terms (Joel 2:2-11).
  3. The need for humble repentance is immediate and imperative (Joel 2:12-17).
  4. The Lord will respond to Israel’s repentance, by coming forward in Divine deliverance (Joel 2:18-27).
    1. This deliverance marks the final time that Israel will ever face reproach among the nations (vv.19,27).
    2. This deliverance marks the beginning of abundant grace provision for Israel’s temporal-life supply (vv.19,22-24,26).
    3. This unique day is the one-time in human history event (Joel 2:2) which the Lord Jesus Christ declared to be yet future in relationship to 33AD (Matt. 24:21).
  5. The Pneumatological promise of Joel 2:28-29 is established clearly as occurring after the events of vv.18-27.
    1. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit comes about after, or as the Lord sends the grain, new wine, & oil of Millennial blessings (v.19,23-24).
    2. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit will be a world-wide event for every living human being (v.28a-29).
    3. Jewish men and women, young and old will be gifted with the prophetic gift (v.28b).
    4. The Day of Pentecost, which marked the beginning of the Church Age, was not the fulfillment of Joel 2 (Acts 2:14-21).
      1. Peter’s message abbreviates the quotation from Joel to exclude Joel 2:32b.
      2. The Pentecost 33AD bestowal of the Holy Spirit was marked by the gift of tongues, and not prophecy, which will be the ultimate fulfillment of Joel 2.
      3. The impartation of the Holy Spirit was limited to believers in Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, and not upon every living human being.
  6. The Eschatological promise of Joel 2:30-32 is established clearly as a warning sign for Israel to apply as the great and awesome Day of the Lord arrives.

Joel Chapter Three

  1. Following the Day of the Lord, the gentile nations will be judged by the Lord, and Israel will be recompensed for all their suffering (Joel 3:1-8).
  2. Until the Day of the Lord comes, and until the gentile nations are judged, Israel is required to keep themselves on a war-footing (Joel 3:9-17).
  3. The peace of the Lord (Isa. 2:4; Mic. 4:3) can only be realized through the victory of the Lord in war (Joel 3:18-21).