Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
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
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