Speak Up, Old Man

“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?”      Joel 1:2.

Some men can see events and raise the issue for that age. Such a prophet as Joel could do this. He could sum up that time he was living. As we look back at history there are names which stand out. More often than not it is a poet and an orator whose word visualizes that time.

One should read the speech of Patrick Henry in 1775 when he said war was inevitable. The English poet Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem “Recessional” when he said do not trust in man and their inventions. These are merely illustrations never to put down wordsmiths. There could be other examples of writers summing up an age.

It is uncertain when the prophet Joel spoke and penned these words in the nation of Judah. However, it is an assumption the time was about 800 B.C.

The kingdom of David and Solomon was divided into two groups – Judah and Israel. Never again would they be together. Sometimes war! Sometimes on speaking terms! Never together again.

Joel was one of the twelve minor prophets which appeared mainly in Judah. Some of these men we can pinpoint the ages they lived but it cannot be done with Joel. This we know for certain he was quoted. Acts 2:16 call this man by name. The man had a message of hope then it came and as a fulfillment:

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

OLD MEN SPEAK UP

Men of age have a responsibility to speak up to the younger people now.

Mature men should never hold back the truth. The young should learn from the wisdom of the past. The way we tell the future is know what happened in former days and times.

This the prophet Joel states implicitly in Joel 1: 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?”

Whether this is accepted by youth it matters not. What is important is the wisdom of mature men be spoken loudly and clearly to the population of today.

The works of Jehovah God are to be told, repeated and set out in a way that the events will never be forgotten. Generations are not to be skipped but each era must be given the happenings of the past. What God was doing was reinforcing the belief system. Joel 1:3 gives this as a command to act upon:

“Tell ye your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children another generation.”

From a historical point few people now can identify the wars which have been fought for this nation by young men. God intervened in such battles at Midway, Yorktown and Gettysburg. It was a series of events in each one that God saved the nation.

However there can be the awesome judgment that can come when bugs or worms get started eating and multiplying crops and plants get destroyed sometimes in hours and days. Sinners will feel the onslaught of what worms can do. It was Joel 1:4 that said tell the younger generations. Joel 1:4 states it will be one catastrophe after another.

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“That which the palmerworm has 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 caterpiller eaten.”

The United States has had one such blight when the chestnut trees were nearly devastated after 1904. This wood is seldom seen now because of the plagues. Can this sort of blight happen again? Of course it can.

NATION OF DRUNKS

We have become a nation of alcohol soaked brains. All one has to do is to go to a convenient store on the weekends and watch men and women buy beer on Friday and Saturday of each weekend. We are a nation of drunks who will not reform.

This happened in Judah for Joel 1:5 lays it out for one to read:

“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.”

Those Jews had been strong when they first came. Now they were drunks. Joel 1:6-7 states this:

“For a nation is come 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.”
“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.”

When sin is made prevalent then sinners would attack them. These people thought they were strong but in fact they were weak.

When sin prevails then the land will be under stress. This is very hard for the world to understand. The reaction that comes about when sin is present always is more man made laws. This never is a solution to sin in fact human laws create more sin because men think they control. Man is a blight generally upon nature.

Here is an example how men will not pay any attention to conservation and pollution unless enforcement is done.

Your author lives in a part of Texas that produces oil and gas for the nation. Here are some examples of not caring by people in production.

Poison around pumping well sites
• Dumping waste in open fields
• Contaminating water supplies
• Using only fresh water and destroying the aquifer
• Cheating workers

The oil industry cares less about keeping the land pristine unless they are watched very carefully. Oil companies are run and managed by people who are self-motivated.

The prophet Joel could see how humans act. He carried out his grief in several verses. The remarks started in Joel 1:8-10.

“Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.”
“The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the
Lord; the priests, the Lord’s minister, mourn.”
“The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted; the new wine
is dried up, the oil languisheth.”

The prophecies of Joel are real but the general view is that the facts that are given in Joel are for that time. The facts are for then but the guiding principles are eternal. In short the rule is simple. Don’t screw around with God’s law.

Have you noticed how many of the gigantic problems the United States has? It all stems from denial how to keep the economy going in a Bible way. Socialism is a form of theft. The middleman is the Federal Government.

There will come a time when the handouts will cease. The principle is found in Joel 1:12.

“The vine is dried up, and the fig three 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.”

As a Christian your author is obligated to tell things as they are.

MAKE IT FEEL GOOD

There is no reason to deplore what is happening unless an attempt to cure the situation is made. Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk!” What has happened has happened.

The important fact is that change your ways. Do I expect most gospel ministers to reform? Of course not. The point is until restoration happens it will worsen. My observation of ministers is their concern over retirement, wage increases and vacations are the dominant factor in their lives. Read Joel 1:13 for part of the cry:

Gird yourself 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 witholden from the house of your God.”

All one has to do is ask your pastor:

How many days of vacation do you have?
• How much will your retirement be?
• What evangelistic effort do you support worldwide?
• Who have you led into the ministry?
• Why do you not mention sin, righteousness and judgment in your sermons?

The prophet Joel told these people the truth. It was well said in Joel 1:17.

“The seed is rotten under their clods. the garners are laid desolate, the
barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.”

The seed were the leaders of the nation. Then he wrote a verse that sums up what is happening among people in Joel 1:18.

“How do the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed, because they
have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.”

You must have noticed how puzzled people are. Talk radio and the Internet have a constant flow of criticism and questions. People know something is wrong.

NO PLACE

As a Christian there is no place that will give me protection.

Yes, there is a person who I can come to for help.

His name is God.

Joel 1:19 so states this:

“O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of
the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.”

We who seek to restore the New Testament pattern of the church and the life of individuals do have the answer.

As we read Scripture then it should be studied with an open mind. Seek out the principles of living.

“O worship the King, all glorious above,
And gratefully sing His wonderful love;
Our Shield and Defender, the ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.”
“Our Father and God, how faithful Thy love!
While angles delight to hymn Thee above;
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall lisp to Thy praise.”
                                                                                    HAYDN
Gerald Fugit

June 7, 2015
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The following is an outline to help the reader to study.

SPEAK UP, OLD MAN

Joel 1:1-20

I. Words change people Joel 1:3

A. Famous men who spoke
B. Israel disordered
C. Mature men tell the past
D. Youth must be old

II. Sin Produces Destruction Joel 1:4

A. Sin destroys the physical Joel:1:
B. United States had had blights?
C. They were once stray Joel: 1:6-7

III. Nation of Drunks Joel 1:5-7

A. Decision cant be made
B. Look at United States

IV. Sin Brings Physical Waste Joel 1:8-12

A. Oil Industry
B. Laws do not improve Godliness

V Make it Feel Good Joel 1:8-20

A. Must be a change
B. Change will happen
C. Leaders are rotten
D. People are confused today as then

VI Help is only One Place

 

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