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Promise of the Holy Spirit Joel 2: 28-32
v32 “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”
The concept of the “Day of the Lord” can be confusing for many people. We see in the book of Joel, written sometime around the period of Israel’s exile, that the “Day of the Lord” can have many contexts. One version of the “Day of the Lord” occurred early in Israel’s past, God brought a devastating swarm of locusts to Egypt, and presently as there is a current attack of locusts on Israel’s land as mentioned in chapter 1,. Chapter 1 also states a future “Day of the Lord” that will also lead to destruction. Joel then describes the role that repentance can have, and how there is a need for us to “cry out to the Lord” (1:14), and thus turn this future destruction to a future hope. As we get to chapter 2, Joel continues on the topic of this future “Day of the Lord” and once again Joel emphasizes the need for repentance, to ultimately “rend your heart and not your garments, [to] return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (2:13). God not only saves us from his destruction through repentance, but God also restores us and promises us His presence with the promise of the Holy Spirit. In this new Day of the Lord, God “will pour out [His] Spirit on all people” (2:28). We see that this Holy Spirit will cause change in people’s lives, causing people to prophecy, dream, and have visions about God’s wonders. God’s Spirit will be able to transform people to be better followers of Him. Likewise, when we repent and accept Christ through faith, Christ has promised us the Holy Spirit that will “advocate to help [us] and be with [us] forever” (John 14: 16). The Holy Spirit has the power to unify believers into Christ, aligning our old selves with Christ’s death and shedding our old sinful selves that lead to destruction, and now brings us a new life in Christ that promises hope. The Holy Spirit will continue to work in us to become better followers of Christ.
PRAYER Father, Thank You for your unparalleled grace and mercy that You have shown us, despite our sinful ways that lead to our own spiritual death. We thank You for showing grace through your son Jesus Christ and allowing the promised Holy Spirit to work in our lives to become a better representation of you. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God is just in allowing His wrath to fall upon sinners, but his grace and mercy speaks even more volumes, and allows us to experience a future hope. Continue to put your faith in Christ’s redemptive work on the cross and allow yourselves to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.
Christo Mathew, Mar Thoma Church of Dallas-Farmers Branch, Texas Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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 …
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
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…