Joel 2:25. In itself deadly sin is an irreparable evil. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Throughout redemptive history, one sad theme runs consistently.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts(A) have eaten(B)—    the great locust and the young locust,    the other locusts and the locust swarm[a]—my great army(C) that I sent among you. I will give back to you the years which were food for the locust, the plant-worm, the field-fly, and the worm, my great army which I sent among you. “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap,” is a law which God does not violate in morals any more than in the fields. The best thing in restoration is getting back to God. Nay, since none can recover without the grace of God and using that grace, the penitent, who really rises again by the grace of God, rises with larger grace than before, since he has both the former grace, and; in addition, this new grace, whereby he rises. Sometimes as we float down the river of life, memory flashes up from the hidden depths, and the dark wave is peopled with the innumerable faces of once-forgotten sins which menace us from the waters and prophesy of death. 1909-1922. hilarious videos from Christian comedians, user-uploaded videos, and clean viral videos to brighten your day. "Commentary on Joel 2:25". I will restore - the years - It has already been remarked that the locusts not only destroyed the produce of that year, but so completely ate up all buds, and barked the trees, that they did not recover for some years. 25. ‘And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.’. "And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you. God is a kind and merciful Father to us who will not discipline us more than is necessary and longs to restore us in our relationship to him, and in the blessings we enjoyed by his hand. You cannot have back your time; but there is a strange and wonderful way in which God can give back to you the wasted blessings, the unripened fruits of years over which you have mourned. The moral not the picturesque aspect of the visitation of locusts is uppermost in the prophet’s mind. are images of spiritual enemies, this place has been paraphrased; “I will not allow the richness of spiritual things to perish which ye lost through the passions of the mind.” Nay, since none can recover without the grace of God and using that grace, the penitent, who really rises again by the grace of God, rises with larger grace than before, since he has both the former grace, and; in addition, this new grace, whereby he rises. ", God has also promised to reward all which is "done in the body 2 Corinthians 5:10. 1870. 25. And I will restore to you the years, &c.] I will so make up your former losses, that there shall remain no sign nor sense thereof. are images of spiritual enemies, this place has been paraphrased ; "I will not allow the richness of spiritual things to perish which ye lost through the passions of the mind." The faultful past may, and often does, poison human affection. Through repentance all which had been lost by sin, is restored. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. He does not ask him to make good, in the sense of a literal equivalent, the waste of the past. Suffering is not a fair equivalent for the results of neglect or of wilful wrong. I will give you years, (for the other years,) he says; and that the Jews might more fully understand that all this was in God’s hand, he expressly declares that the cankerworms, the chafers, and the locusts (11), were his army and as it were his hired army, whom he had employed as it seemed good to him. #2 “…for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm…” In the time the Israelites were living out their dispersion for their rebellion towards God, they and their lands were being laid waste, as though locusts of various kinds and swarms were having their way on the livelihood of God’s children. For example, God turns the man entirely away from the thought and the work of literal restoration. ), Lost years can never be restored literally. It is not then to no purpose that the Prophet mentions here that these destructive insects were God’s army; it is to show more fully what is here promised; for God, who had by this army devoured the whole increase of the land, can now easily restore plenty for the barrenness of past years. By means of the bountiful harvest promised in Joel 2:24 Jehovah will restore to the people the loss they have suffered through the locusts. Anonymous. Whenever he does, he always returns to restore them and bless them once again because of his lovingkindness and mercy for them. "Penitence is an excellent thing which recalleth to perfection every defect." Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. "E.W. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joel-2.html. 1. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. If it had never been, man would have all the grace, which he had before his fall.

Whence, since the cankerworm, etc. Poor may be the aftermath, scant the gleaning of grapes upon life’s topmost branches, that may be left for thee, yet do thou thy best to redeem these from the locust-swarm. Surely not unduly mourn over the past, when He says, “I will restore.” (M. R. Vincent, D. D.). Yet the Lord wilt bring forth life out of the tomb; those long-lost spells shall be restored. The time which the sinner lost, in which he might have gained increase of grace and glory, is lost forever. I. This is an amazing kindness because their punishment had not been strong enough even to fit the great crime of their rebellion. By giving to His repentant people larger harvests than the land could naturally yield, God could give back to them, as it were, all they would have had if the locusts had never come; and God, by giving you larger grace in the present and in the future, can make the life which has hitherto been blighted, and eaten up with the locust, the caterpillar and the palmer-worm of sin, and self, and Satan, yet to be a complete, a blessed, and useful life to His praise and glory. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Chronological Study Bible: Holy Bible, New International Version. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joel-2.html. "Commentary on Joel 2:25". : "God is pleased alike with the virtue of the just, and the meet repentance of sinners, which restored to their former estate David and Peter." And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten Or "I will recompense to you the years" F13; give you fruitful ones, as a full compensation for those in which the locust ate up the fruits of the earth for some years running: the canker worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer worm; of which see ( Joel 1:4 ) ; my great army which I sent among you; as in ( Joel 2:11 ) ; the Targum of the whole is. Linger over this mystery of love.

In Joel 1:4 "the palmer-worm" ( gaazaam (Hebrew #1501)), or the gnawing locust, stood first; here it stands last; otherwise the same order is retained as in Joel 1:4 ("the palmer-worm ... the locust ... the canker-worm ... the caterpillar"), where (see note) God will restore not only what has been lost by the swarming locust ( 'arbeh (Hebrew #697)), and the licking locust ( yeleq (Hebrew #3218)), and the consuming locust ( chaaciyl (Hebrew #2625)), the most destructive species, but also the minor losses sustained by the gnawing locust ( gaazaam (Hebrew #1501)). A. Privacy Policy   Terms of Use. Here God promises that he would either prevent or remedy that evil; for he would restore the years that the locusts, cankerworm, caterpillar, and palmerworm had eaten. God does not let the darkness of a man’s past come up like a cloud between the man and the outraying of His Divine tenderness.
The Prophet then derides here the arrogance of men, and shows that God needs not do much, when he intends to reduce them to nothing. Years which have gone, frittered away, we do not know how, and for which we have nothing whatever to show, years devoured in trifles; years that fleeted, as on the wings of a hurricane, in the wild rush of dissipation, and out of which are left only the broken strains of old songs, and a few dry leaves of withered garlands. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten -, "My great army which I sent among you ...", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer worm, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. "Sermon Bible Commentary". John Trapp Complete Commentary. How does God deal with facts like these? In fact, even this description of the temporal benefits of God's blessings upon Israel is freighted with intimations of the spiritual benefits accruing to God's people in all ages to come.

https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/joel-2.html. “In God all lost things are found, and they who habitually plunge themselves in God and abide in Him, never become too rich. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". "Commentary on Joel 2:25". Proud member The appalling thing is the years which have been eaten up by little, scarcely appreciable agencies, like a caterpillar or a canker-worm. This is a sweet promise for anyone who has suffered the consequences of their sin and fears that they cannot recover what was lost. I will restore; make up to you, or compensate: the lean years of Egypt did eat up the fat, but with you now the fat years shall feed and enrich the lean ones. His work now is not to make good the past, but to give himself to the development of his new life as a new creature in Christ Jesus. : "As the power of God was shewn in the plagues of Egypt by small animals, such as the cyniphes, gnats so small as scarce to be seen, so also now," in creatures so small "is shown the power of God and weakness of man. These lives of ours have been so faulty, so fitful, so unproductive. Church Pulpit Commentary. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". These in the late years devoured the fruit of the earth, but now God will restore the fruits.

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