The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

–Devotion–

“And afterward…”  That is, after the Lord returns his people to their land to them.  What we see is that the Lord fulfills his promises in time.  And, after that promise of restoration in the land is fulfilled the Lord will pour out his Spirit on all people.  This too happened in time as the Apostle says in Acts 2:

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

The Apostles understood Pentecost as the fulfillment of the promise of God in Joel, and so should we.  God has poured out his Spirit upon the earth.  In the Old Testament the Spirit was given to a person here and there.  The Spirit rested on King Saul, but was then taken away, and the it rested on David.  The Spirit would rest upon Prophets.  But in Pentecost the Spirit is poured out on all people.  For Joel the pouring out of the Spirit is yet another marker of the near day of God–that is the final day. 

The completion of the pouring out of the Spirit also means that God is still present on the earth.  The Spirit is here.  That means, God is alive, active, and reigning here and now.  That means the Kingdom of God is present on earth.  Where is that Kingdom present?  It is present where the Spirit is working.  And what is it that the Spirit is working to do?  One of those doings is leading the people of God into all truth, which comes by being reminded and educated in all Jesus said and did and having those things be our only hope and desire.  How do I know this is the case?  Because immediately after the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost all the disciples sold their earthly possessions and devoted themselves to the teaching of the Apostles.  That is to say, all they did was listen to preaching and go to “bible class,” while taking care of those in need among them. 

Pastor Beltz

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