On 31/07/2022 03:52, David Dalton wrote:
> which is the opposite of the other two, which say swords
> into plowshares and spears into pruninghooks. The Joel
> one seems to be encouraging underdog farmers to rise up,
> whereas the other two are promoting widespread peace.
No, Joel is not leading a social rebellion, indeed, none of the three
are encouraging people to any particular course of action.
All three are prophets, but Isaiah and Micah are speaking of the future
happy days when God's kingdom is established on earth and there will be
universal peace. Unfortunately, there are those who would resist God and
who will resort to war to that end and they are the ones about whom Joel
I trust that a moment's thought will persuade you that Joel is hardly
likely to be encouraging the wicked and the heathen to attack his own
nation, nor is he directing underdog farmers to darken the sun and moon
(not sure how they would go about doing that, mind you!) And, if he was
encouraging social rebellion, it is a funny sort of encouragement to say
that it will all end in tears when God "roars out of Zion" and shakes
the heavens and the earth. Sounds like discouragement to me!