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Holy Spirit Renew
Vs.28, 29 Then
afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and
your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream
dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and
female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
The book of
Joel is one of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. This book not
only speaks about God’s Judgement upon the Israelite community but also
gives the hope of the glorious future that God’s people are going to
experience if they return back to Yahweh.
sees the terrible drought, a massive invasion of locusts and the
constant threat of enemies as God’s way of punishments. God the Creator
uses nature and Israel’s enemies as His means of divine Judgement.
However, this book also speaks about hope and restoration. God has
not abandoned his people but all this judgment is to bring them back to
Him (Joel 2:13).
Based on the
passage I would like to share the following thought:
of God’s Spirit on his people signifies the God’s generosity, presence
and love to this world.
prophesizes that God will pour his Spirit on all people in the last
days. God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) is God’s gift to those who wait upon
him. The Holy Spirit is the gift of God to his people. The dwelling of
the Holy Spirit in God’s people signifies God’s presence (Joel 2:
27-28). “And the Spirit of the God was hovering over the face of the
waters (Gen 1:2).”It is the life giving Spirit. It is also the
empowering spirit. In Number 11: 24-25 we read that God gave to
seventy men of the elders of the people, a share of spirit that he gave
to Moses. As soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied.
Outpouring of Yahweh’s spirit is found in many passages of the Old
Testament (1 Sam 10:10, Isa 32:15; 44:3-5, Psalms 104:29-30).
of God’s Spirit upon his people also speaks about arrival of the
Messianic age which is also the age of redemption and grace.
The recipients of
the Holy Spirit is not any individual class or group but to all ‘young
and old’, ‘male and female’, ‘masters and slaves.’ Thus in God’s sight
there is no discrimination. The Spirit of God is God’s divine presence
in our midst and in us. It is the empowering Spirit and the guide to
truth (Jn. 16: 8-11, 13-14) which enables one to dream dreams
and gives visions.
was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus
as we read in Acts of the Apostles 2:17. When the Holy Spirit came upon
the disciples they began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave
them utterance. So the gift of the Holy Spirit is also to witness of
Christ. The Holy Spirit is the power that enables the Church to carry
out her mission to witness and proclaim Christ.
Father God who
gave your Spirit to us, we pray that in each moment in our life enable
us to confess, witness and proclaim “Jesus Christ is Our Lord and
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
By this you
know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ
has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not
confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of
the Antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the
world already.- 1 John 4: 2-3
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…