The second chapter of Joel, in the Old Testament, starts out with a blowing of a shofar, or a ram’s horn, which was a call to battle. This is the battle that is to precede the second coming of Jesus Christ. Joel then describes the people in God’s army as, “a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations”(vs. 2). They have the appearance of horses, and “as horsemen, so shall they run” (vs. 4), “on the tops of mountains shall they leap” (vs. 5), “they run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war;” (vs. 6), “when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded” (vs.8), “they shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief” (vs 9). They sound like super heroes. Where does their strength come from? Joel gives us a clue in verse 11, “And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word:”
I’ve thought a lot recently about the duality of our being, how we are both body and spirit, and I believe as you strengthen one part, it enhances the other. When I read about God’s people in Joel, it reminded me of a group of people that were living up to their potential both physically and spiritually. They obviously had incredible physical strength and stamina and had trained their bodies to run, leap, and climb. However, they also listened to their leader, and they did more than listen, they accomplished what they were told to do. This combination of physical and spiritual strength, made them unstoppable. And though the world was filled with darkness, gloominess, and a devouring fire, the land before them was as the garden of Eden (vs 2-3).
16″ x 16″ oil on linen panel
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