I Have a Dream
23 O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your
God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he
has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later
rain, as before. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of grain,
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 I will repay you
for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper,
the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against
you. 26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the
name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame. 27 You shall
know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am
your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again
be put to shame. 28 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.
29 Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour
out my spirit. 30 I will show portents in the heavens and on the
earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.
When It Rains, It Pours
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Joel is a prophet most likely in the 5th century BCE, probably
in the early Hellenistic period (Greek rule) and Israel and Judah
united again (under Greek control). There has just been a locust
devastation that Joel views is punishment from God. The people
repent and this passage picks up with God's response and promise
for the future. Things are going to be very good and there will
be a time of plenty and peace. Perhaps the most famous quote from
Joel is verse 29 where the relationship with God will be so intimate
that prophesy, dreams and visions of God's goodness will be widespread.
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