January 29, 2020
Scripture: Joel 2:29
In those days, I will also pour out my spirit on the male and female slaves.
Thought for the Day: There are as many ideas about when Joel was written as there are scholars trying to figure it out. With that said, I’m not going to add any great insight except to remind you that Joel is considered one of the 12 Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). In the New Testament, in the Book of Acts, these words are quoted. In both cases (Hebrew and Greek), the writer take the time, paper and ink to mention how the Spirit is being poured even into the slaves. And even more shocking is how this Spirit spills into men and women equally. Again, this is in the ancient world where slaves were valued as a possession of another human being. Even more startling was how women were considered less valuable the men. So the next time you find it difficult, if not impossible, to think of God working in “that person” over there because of _____ (fill in the blank), be prepared for a surprise.
Prayer: As you are pouring out your Spirit in all the expected places, Merciful God, provide me the eyes of faith to see that other place that no one could ever imagine. I want to see, and in seeing, come to believe in how you value every single person. Amen.
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