The book of Joel seems to be all over the place. He covers a lot of ground in three short chapters. If only the previous prophets were so kind...
Still, I'm REALLY bored with this repetitive shit.
First, Joel gives us the standard doom and gloom (The end of the world is nigh, but if you repent...). He's very unhappy about the drought, wether real or metaphorical.
He then slowly changes the tone to one of the LORD loving his people and promising to be nice to them and give them the bounties they deserve. "I'm coming back to you, and then we'll all eat ice cream and cake!'
I always get a kick out of this line which is repeated in various ways throughout the Old Testament;
2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
We finish with Joel not quite understanding what has happened to the people of Israel. He seems to think that other nations came in of their own accord and ransacked the land, scattering the people and their wealth.
Silly man. That was all Gods doing. He destroyed Israel and sold his own people to other nations because of their disobedience. God must be pissed that Joel didn't give him full credit.
God will get his revenge on the people that took HIS people captive.
Remember, he hasn't yet changed the rules to "Turn the other cheek" and "Forgive those that trespass against us"
Funny, the shorter the book, the more I write about it. :-)