June 8 - Joel 3:17-21

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 8 - Joel 3:17-21

Israel will see an awesome display of God's power and then they will know that God dwells in Zion. Everything that God has done was done to show His people that He is the Lord their God.

But, He promises them safety and abundance.

Jerusalem, on Mount Zion was set apart as a holy place. This was the place where God would reside among His people. He promises that though they have brought idols into the temple and allowed terrible things to transpire, it would once again by holy and would once again be free of those that would corrupt the people.

The grape harvest would bring forth mountains dripping with wine, the hillsides would be rich with cattle that provide milk and all of the dried up wadis and streams would flow with water to enrich the land. Everything that the locusts had destroyed in the beginning of this prophecy, would be made lush and rich again. (Joel 3:18a)

A fountain will flow from the Lord's house, from the temple. This will be a tangible reminder that it is the Lord who provides life for His people. We see this flow of water in the New Jerusalem in Revelation 22:1-2, "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."

Those nations that sought to destroy Judah will become a wasteland, but God will dwell on Zion again and Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. The Lord promises His people that they are His ... His promise will be fulfilled.