How would you describe the action in the picture above?
Would you use verbs that describe the sound of the action?
How about verbs that describe the formation of the action?
Would you use verbs that describe the speed of the action?
Our study today takes us to Joel 2:7-9 that is full of descriptive action verbs about an invasion.
Warriors and Soldiers
ESV Joel 2:7 Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths.
- Like the picture for this post, warriors charge forward to accomplish their task.
- If there is a wall in a soldier’s path, they will scale it to achieve their objective.
- Both warriors and soldiers march with unswerving commitment to succeed in their assignments.
ESV Joel 2:8 They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted.
- These warriors and soldiers are so skilled that they maintain their own positions as they approach their target simultaneously.
- These warriors and soldiers are also so skilled that there is no defense that can stop them from achieving their end goal.
ESV Joel 2:9 They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.
- These warriors and soldiers leap, run, and climb.
- These warriors and soldiers are also being compared to being a thief that breaks in through a home’s windows!
Remember Joel is a message from the Lord to the Judean community that has been suffering from a locust infestation so destructive that both human and animals are in serious jeopardy.
Chapter two of Joel transitions with a warning that the locusts represent a future day of the Lord that will appear suddenly with great destructive power as never before seen.
This stirs a sense of fear in the people who will experience it.
Now in the verses today we return to a description of the Lord’s army’s advancement.
This army, like the locusts in chapter one, are unrelenting in their approach.
What is the Lord communicating with these frightening images?
- Remember the Lord sent this message to wake up the Judeans.
- He is sending a warning that if they fail to recognize His hand in the events of the day, they will face an even worse situation than they have with the locust infestation.
- He is vividly describing His power and might so that there is no doubt that He is capable of what He is warning them about.
- He is telling them that he will even climb in through a window to get their attention.
ESV Revelation 3:3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Are there any circumstances in your life today that you need to be awakened to see through the Lord’s point of view?
Are these circumstances physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual?
Or maybe a combination?
May the Lord give you eyes to see your circumstances from His point of view.
May the Lord also give you a willing spirit to serve Him today through whatever challenges you are facing.
What else do you see in these verses that we could think about?
- Names and Their Meaning: Joel 1:1
- Breaking News : Joel 1:2
- Sharing Stories : Joel 1:3
- Current Crisis : Joel 1:4
- Shortages Today : Joel 1:5
- Gone Viral : Joel 1:6
- Vulnerable: Joel 1:7
- Heartbreak: Joel 1:8
- Cut Off: Joel 1:9
- What is Essential? Joel 1:10
- Shame, Distress, or Despair Joel 1:11
- What is Joy? Joel 1:12
- Dressing for Spiritual Leadership Joel 1:13
- Crying Out Joel 1:14
- Perspectives and Opinions Joel 1:15
- Emotions Joel 1:16
- Neglect Joel 1:17
- Even the Sheep Suffer Joel 1:18
- Fire Joel 1:19
- Soul Thirst Joel 1:20
- It’s Coming! Joel 2:1
- Thunderstorms Joel 2:2
- Hard Times Joel 2:3
- Power Joel 2:4-5
- Overwhelmed Joel 2:6