Background: The prophet Joel spoke to the southern kindgom of Judah in order to warn them of what was coming their way if they didn’t turn back to God. During Joel’s ministry a great plague of locusts came and destroyed everything thing in sight. With that backdrop Joel spoke to the people that that plague represents how God is going to do the same thing in future to those who oppose Him.
When the Day of the Lord is fully realized and all Israel’s enemies are destroyed, God will particularly bless His people.
Ask the children…
What will be true about Jerusalem?
“’Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, live in Zion (Jerusalem), my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy forever, and foreign armies will never conquer her again.’” (Joel 3:17)
What will be true about the Promised Land?
“In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. Water will fill the streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the Lord’s Temple, watering the arid valley of acacias.” (Joel 3:18)
So in the last days God will be with His people in their Holy City and He will bless all the land with water and bountiful harvests. Does that remind you of a setting at the beginning of the Bible? Adam and Eve were with God in the garden and their was bounty there too. That is the end of this great story, what God desired from the very beginning. Unbroken fellowship with mankind and bountiful blessings.
Ask your children if they are looking forward to the last days when the Lord returns, God’s enemies are subdued and God’s people enjoy unbroken fellowship and bountiful blessings? Remind them that that is our heritage as children of God.
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