Joel 1:3 “Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, And their children another generation.”
Admonition to be sure and pass the information on to each generation. If just one generation fails to pass on knowledge of God, the society will collapse. Happened to Israel many times and is happening to America now.
4 “…chewing locust…swarming locust…crawling locust…consuming locust…”
He’s referring to a locust invasion. Each type is actually a stage in locust development. Put them all together and nothing is left. Commentary suggests it is also a parallel to the world empires which will confront Israel as Daniel mentioned, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman.
10 “The field is wasted, The land mourns…”
13 “…Come, lie all night in sackcloth…”
Call to repent.
18 “How the animals groan!…”
Not just the people who suffer because of judgment, but the animals also. The locusts consume everything, grass, trees, vines. Neither people nor animals have anything left to eat.
19 “O LORD, to You I cry out…”
Call for deliverance.
20 “…For the water brooks are dried up…”
Apparently not only the locusts, but also a drought. Plants can’t recover after the locusts without water, nor can the animals continue at all.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.