Joel 3:12-16 (JDV)
Joel 3:12 Let the nations be roused and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, because there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
Joel 3:13 Swing the sickle because the harvest is ripe. Come and trample the grapes because the winepress is full; the wine vats overflow because the wickedness of the nations is substantial.
Joel 3:14 Uproars,1 uproars in the valley of decision! You see, the day of Yahveh is near in the valley of decision.
Joel 3:15 The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will cease their shining.
Joel 3:16 Yahveh will roar from Zion and make his voice heard from Jerusalem; sky and land will shake. But Yahveh will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the Israelites.
I don’t watch a lot of sports, but if I do watch a game, it is usually because someone I know is on the team. If I know no one on either team, I find it hard to root for anyone, because if I did back a team, I would want it to be the winning team.
When the leaders of the nations surrounding Joel’s nation looked for strength and encouragement, they prayed to the sun and moon and stars – they sought out idols representing the sky above them and the land beneath them. Now, Yahveh speaks out through his prophet to these idolatrous nations. He tells them that those light bearers are all going to grow dark, and the sky and land will reverberate when Yahveh roars in anger. They will have no stronghold left. Yahveh himself will be a refuge and stronghold for his people, but the nations who relied on lesser gods will discover that they backed the wrong team.
Lord, our trust is in you.