Daily Encouragement

December 9 – The only book with a blessing for hearers

December 9
Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18 

Joel 1:4 – This event is the biggest event in 5 generations (Joel 1:2-3), and has 4 layers of destruction (Joel 1:4). 

Joel 1:14 – A solemn assembly. Several groups have put out guidelines for calling a “solemn assembly” including the Southern Baptist Convention, Family Research Council,  and Presbyterian Mission.

Joel 2:10 – These events look like the events of the fifth seal (Revelation 6:12-13), and are reiterated in Joel 2:31).

Joel 2:13 – “Rend your heart, and not your garments.” God wants internal, actual change, not just external conformity.

Notice who God is – “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” That’s almost word for word from Jonah 4:2, which showed that Jonah was familiar with these writings.

Joel 2:25 – How’s this for a promise – in spite of four layers of destruction (Joel 1:4), God is promising to restore the lost years!

Joel 2:28 – This was quoted as a fulfillment in Acts 2:17 in Peter’s Pentecost message.

Joel 2:32 – This is almost an exact quote of Romans 10:13! Those days are now here – the message of salvation is offered universally!

Revelation 1:1

Revelation 1:3 – Revelation can be hard to follow, but it comes with a blessing for those who read and hear this book!

Revelation 1:5 – Yes, Jesus washed us in His blood! 

Revelation 1:11 – Jimmy DeYoung has produced a documentary “Let them Hear” – you can watch it online at ChristianCinema.com.

Psalm 128:1 – Speaking of blessings, let’s be sure to fear the LORD!

Proverbs 29:18 – More blessings for those who keep the law!

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