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The locust plague in Judah was a foretaste of a greater judgment. For us it is a call to repent and believe the Gospel while there is still time.

BibleGateway: Joel 1:2-15

ESV Text: Joel 1:2-15

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:4 and ends at about 2:25

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2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten. 5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth. 6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

     8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD’S ministers, mourn. 10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. 13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

     14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD. 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 650:
Behold a Stranger at the Door

— Organ Audio

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1. Behold a Stranger at the door! 
He gently knocks, has knocked before, 
Has waited long, is waiting still; 
You treat no other friend so ill. 

2. But will He prove a friend indeed? 
He will; the very Friend you need; 
The Friend of sinners–yes ’tis He, 
With garments dyed on Calvary. 

3. O lovely attitude! He stands 
Wih melting heart and laden hands; 
O matchless kindness! and He shows 
This matchless kindness to His foes. 

4. Admit Him lest His anger burn 
And He, departing, ne’er return; 
Admit Him, or the hour’s at hand 
When at His door denied you’ll stand. 

5. Oh, let the heavenly stranger in, 
Let in thy heart His reign begin. 
Admit Him, open wide the door, 
And He will bless thee evermore.