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Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God? Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible. Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. The lesser calamity is swallowed up in the apprehension of the greater. Benson Commentary Joel
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Much will happen before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. However, many fail to read some of the other parts of the verse, that are just as relative It is time to cry aloud, and spare not! Then, and only then, will He rain down His Spirit in greater measure! Read some of these verses in Joel 2 again: "Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand! Why should they say among the peoples, "Where is their God? The Lord will answer and say to His people, 'Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
Weeping between the porch and the altar - Part 1 Taken from a message of Leonard Ravenhill I 'm not really going to preach a sermon this morning, but I want to have a launching pad Joel "Gird yourselves, and lament ye priests, howl ye ministers of the altar. Come, lay all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God. For the meat offering and the drink offering is witholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly. Wherefore should they say among the people, Where is your God? Carl F.