Joel 2:18-27 Rick Hogaboam Sermon “Jealous God = Glad People”

Posted: May 29, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Joel, Sermons

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Joel 2:18-27 “Jealous God = Glad People”

Joel 2:18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.
Joel 2:19 The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.
Joel 2:20 “I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things.
Joel 2:21 “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!
Joel 2:22 Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
Joel 2:23 “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.
Joel 2:24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joel 2:25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.
Joel 2:26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
Joel 2:27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Joel 2:18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.

–          “Then”: response to the people’s lament and repentance

–          “…the Lord became jealous for his land”: Our God is a jealous God, works zealously to uphold His name. I want to spend more time on this one verse because it is the foundation and cause for all else that proceeds in the following verses, and also the foundational truth for all that God does in all of history.

  • God acts to uphold His name, His fame, His glory:
    • just a couple passages besides even the ten commandments where God declares that He is a jealous God:

“(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),” (Exodus 34:14, ESV)

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:24, ESV)

–          God also acts for His namesake:

–          Ezekiel 36:22-32 (ESV)
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.
23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29 And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you.
30 I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations.
31 Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations.
32 It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.

–          1 John 2:12 (ESV)
12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

–          Some might be wondering if this makes God selfish or constantly looking to save face

  • God is not an idolater…He upholds Himself first and foremost above all others…
  • Our confession:
    • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness.

–          Our salvation is rooted in God working on behalf of His own purposes. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

–          Can you imagine parents who place their kids above their marriage?…will actually cause greater harm…It is not selfish for spouses to prioritize their own union because all else stands or falls based on the health of such a relationship. The best thing they can do for their kids is to make sure that they joyfully love one another. The love for children should proceed from a joyful unified love among the parents. That is the only love worth giving, receiving. This illustration breaks down with other analogies, but suffice it to say…the idea of self-love within a communal union is not bad, but glorious.

–          “and had pity on His people”: Yes, we are to be pitied. I aint too proud to beg. God’s love is more glorious because He loves the unlovely. It is easy to love the good-looking popular crowd, it is much harder to love the unpopular “uncool” crowd. Spiritually, we were very “uncool”, we were enemies, we were children of wrath, we were dead.

–          He had pity on us and loved us. This truth is so freeing and so glorious if you can see it this morning. He does not love us because we become good enough, because we put out our best on a first date, because of some embellished resume. He loves us because He wants to love us. He loves you this morning because He CHOSE to love you. some people are offended at this truth, want to believe that there was something that God saw in us that drew Him to us.

–          He loves us as we are, and He sees what He will make of us….He is the potter and we are the clay. Because of His love, He changes us…as an act of GRACE!!! GRACE!!! GRACE!!! Sovereign Grace!!!

Joel 2:19 The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.

–          These gifts are restored…these very same gifts were taken away in :

  • “The fields are destroyed, the ground mourns, because the grain is destroyed, the wine dries up, the oil languishes.” (Joel 1:10, ESV)

–          We have a reversal of the curse!!!

Joel 2:20 “I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things.

–          The northern army, whether it be locusts, historical armies that sinned against Israel, will face a final extinction. This promise has an underlying prophetic/apocalyptic tone to it.

–          Revelation of Christ tells us that God will ultimately and finally vanquish that serpent of old, remove him far from us.

Joel 2:21 “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!
Joel 2:22 Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

–          Reversal of:

  • “To you, O Lord, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned all the trees of the field. Even the beasts of the field pant for you because the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.” (Joel 1:19-20, ESV)

Joel 2:23 “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.

–          “Be glad…rejoice in the Lord your God”

  • This is the aim for God’s works in redemptive history…that we might be glad and rejoice in Him
  • The WSC asks, “What is the chief end of man?” Ans- To glorify God and enjoy Him forever…or as Piper would say, “to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever”
  • God’s aims  for His own glory and our joy are NOT at odds with one another, but are inextricably united…they are one and the same aim. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Our greatest sin is to turn away from the life-giving, joy-giving God and make for ourselves cisterns that can’t hold water.

Joel 2:24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joel 2:25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.

–          “I will restore”: This is glorious…touched on it earlier. All the harm done will be undone. God is able to take all the havock, all the sin, all the damage, and turn it for our good.

  • there is no “total wreck” that is beyond God’s ability to restore…some “totals” end up at the junk yard, but God loves junkers, loves totals, can restore!!!

Joel 2:26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

–          …praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you: God deals graciously with us and we ought to praise Him

–          “And my people shall never again be put to shame”: This is an ultimate promise which will reach its fulfillment in our consummate vindication at his 2nd return.

Joel 2:27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

–          Summarized statement:

Restored knowledge: “You shall KNOW”

Restored presence: “I am in the MIDST of Israel”

Restored relationship: “I am the Lord YOUR God”

Restored devotion: “…there is NONE ELSE”

Promised Safety: “my people shall never again be put to shame”

Restored Knowledge: Christ knows us, reveals Himself to us

Matthew 11:25-27 (ESV)
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;
26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Restored Presence: Christ is with us

Mt 28:10 I am with you always, to the end of the age.

John 14 – discourse about Holy Spirit

Restored Relationship: Christ purchases friendship with us

John 15:13-15 (ESV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Romans 5:10 (ESV)
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Restored Devotion: Our life is Godward

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength

1 Corinthians 16:22 (ESV)
22 If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (ESV)
5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Promised Safety: A new kingdom that will endure for eternity

Hebrews 12:18-24 (ESV)
18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest
19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.
20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”
21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12:28-29 (ESV)
28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
29 for our God is a consuming fire.

True Repentance is necessary for true blessing. We talked about repentance last week and blessing this week. We must always view them together.

May the Lord bless the preaching of His word to our hearts…let is respond to this Glorious, Jealous, Loving, Restoring God in song!!!

Benediction:

Ephesians 1:3-10 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth

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