Joel is an interesting book.  If you like geography, you might want to try and look for a valley called the Valley of Jehoshaphat if you have a Bible that has maps in it.  By the way the name Jehoshaphat means “the judgment.”  Whether this is typical or literal I don’t know the answer.  However, to gather all the nations into a literal valley would be difficult.  I was preaching from Luke chapter one the other night and read the words, “For with God nothing is impossible.”  He who can make a baby grow in the womb of a virgin could do this as well. 
The remaining verses for today tell us what God will do for and through Israel in due time.  The reason I say in due time is that God has everything laid out from eternity past to eternity in the future.  That brings me to my present state of things from 1934 until now.  What is my purpose and what is God’s purpose for me?  Did I come into this world for absolutely nothing?  Of course not.  Verse ten says to beat your plowshares into swords and pruning hooks into spears.  Solomon mentions in Ecclesiastes 3:8 that there is a time for war.  Then I would have to ask, what time is it now?  Verse 13 says to put in the sickle.  Christ is known to put in the sickle in Revelations 15:16 & 19:15 treading the winepress of the wrath of God.




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