In the previous days we read about the gracious promise of deliverance on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem; now we will enter chapter 3, and this whole chapter can be seen as a comment upon that promise.
It is showing us what that deliverance will be, how it will be wrought (by the destruction of the enemies of God’s own), and how it shall be perfected in the everlasting rest and joy.
This was in part accomplished in the deliverance of Jerusalem from the attempt that Sennacherib made upon it in Hezekiah’s time, and afterwards in the return of the Jews out of their captivity in Babylon, and other deliverances wrought for the Jewish people between that and Christ’s coming.
But it has a further reference, to the great redemption wrought out for us by Jesus Christ, and the destruction of our spiritual enemies and all their agents, and will have its full accomplishment at the judgmentday.
Here is a prediction,
- Of God’s reckoning with the enemies of his people for all the injuries and indignities that they had done them, and returning them upon their own head (Joel 3:1-8).
- Of God’s judging all nations when the measure of their iniquity is full, and appearing publicly, to the everlasting confusion of all impenitent sinners and the everlasting comfort of all his faithful servants (Joel 3:9-17).
- Of the provision God has made for the refreshment of his people, for their safety and purity, when their enemies shall be made desolate (Joel 3:18-21).
These promises were not of private interpretation only, but were also written to teach and comfort us, “that we, through patience and comfort of this scripture, might have hope.’’
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