Meditation for 08/30/2019
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth., blood and fie and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of he Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.” (Joel 20:28–32)
The hope for all historical day of the Lord gradually took the shape of future, eschatological (end times) hope. Often the two were intertwined as in this passage. This prophecy found direct fulfillment at Pentecost (Acts 2:16-21), ultimate fulfillment awaits the end time, as expressed in the apocalyptic language of the passage.
Some aspects of the prophecy are fulfilled as people accept salvation provided through the work of Christ and the administration of the Spirit. In regard to end times, the prophecy refers to God’s final intervention to complete His redemptive work. In this aspect the day of the Lord includes both judgment upon unrighteousness and reward for righteousness.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, by our reading and understanding Scripture, we know that there will come a day when you will send Christ back, not as a humble servant, rather in His full glory. There will come a day of judgment for the righteous and the unrighteous alike. Abba, we have accepted You as our God through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is upon this foundation that we have place our faith and trust that though we may not be perfect, we strive daily to live in Your will and to try and walk in Jesus’ footsteps. We have received Your love and return it to You, as our lives are now focused on serving You alone and not the world. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Don’t grumble if you don’t have what you want, rather be thankful you don’t get what you deserve!”
“Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord! Why do you long for the day of the Lord? That day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bit him. Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light—pitch dark, without a ray of brightness?” (Amos5:18–20)
Israel expected the day of the Lord to be a future time when God would vindicate both Himself and His covenant people against their common opposition, the ungodly. This passage enlarged the expectation and called for Israel to understand that they, not only Gentiles, would be the targets of God’s judgment because of their unfaithfulness. The day of the Lord will involve judgment upon all ungodliness, whether among the covenant people or the ungodly opposition. Those with greater opportunities for knowing and doing God’s will have more to fear from divine judgment at that day. If that greater privilege has not resulted in greater righteousness of life. Amos’ immediate prophecy was to the fall of Israel at the hands of Assyria; many scholars do not believe the text calls for future application beyond that time. However, Amos’ reference to the day of the Lord shows how the term came to be expressed as apocalyptic language and eventually eschatological ( end times) expectations. The later prophets envisioned the day of the Lord as the time when God would manifest His righteous kingship (Zechariah 14:9), fill the earth with His knowledge, gather a remnant (Isaiah 11:1), and vindicate His saints.
Christian Ethics, Day of the Lord: (Malachi4:1-3)
The prophetic hope of a future day of he Lord involved both the expectation of a divine overthrow of evildoers and a vindication and rewarding of the righteous. Some times one, then the other, of these is emphasized. Here, both are given. The fire of judgment will fall on the arrogant and the evildoer for their destruction. Those who reverence God’s name, however, will find that day to be a time of healing, victory, and rejoicing. The main point is that both aspects of that day will be accomplished by the Lord Almighty Himself.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will ell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.’” (Matthew7:22–23)
The Old Testament phrase, the day of the Lord, is shortened to “that day.” It refers to the future day of judgment for those whose lives bear evil fruit. It is the day when the faithful and genuine enter the future kingdom.
“That day” will be one of separation, based on true character as revealed in outward conduct. It will be a day of surprise for those who performed public actions and even demonstrated unusual power but never committed their lives to submission to Christ Jesus. Beloved, it is not enough to say you “know God or know Jesus.” Satan knows them too, so you gain nothing by knowledge alone. You must commit yourself to God through Jesus Christ, and then live your live through your commitment. Clear?