Monday, June 05, 2006

Yesterday's Bible passage: Joel 2:28-32a

No time to blog on Pentecost Sunday. I was too busy at church and with friends, and anyway I spend enough time in front of my computer six days a week to want a break on Sundays. Sunday is already just past, here in the UK, but here is a slightly belated offering for Pentecost, prompted by Ruud's posting on Suzanne's Bookshelf, which was in fact of this passage from Joel as quoted by Peter on the Day of Pentecost. I break off at the same place as Peter did, which is mid-sentence in TNIV, perhaps because this is the real climax:
28 "And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved; ...

Joel 2:28-32a (TNIV©)

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