The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the Lord.
The priests mourn,
The ministers of the Lord.
Joel is an occasional prophet.
Maybe we can also say: an occasional poet.
Because in his small book he only addresses one subject, and he does it poetically.
The country is plagued by a terrible plague of locusts, which is a consequence of an exceptional drought. A drought so bad, that people could not remember that it had ever happened before.
But the worst for Joel are not the dry fields, the hungry people and the beasts screaming for water. No, the Lord does not receive what is due to Him. That is why the priests cry.
Apparently Joel is a man who cares about the service of God.
There are not many of these kind of people.
Usually the service of God is the closing item on our budget.
Is the Lord and His service above our self-interest with us?
Whether the situation is bad or good for us, let the Lord receive the honor that is due to Him.
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