Loving the MSG Translation.
At that, God went into action to get his land back.
He took pity on his people.
God answered and spoke to his people,
“Look, listen—I’m sending a gift. (Joel 2:18, MSG)
Who is this gift for?
“I will pour out my Spirit
on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy,
also your daughters.
Your old men will dream,
your young men will see visions.
I’ll even pour out my Spirit on the servants,
men and women both. (Joel 2:28-29)
And here’s the clincher.
But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved. (Joel 2:32, NLT)
The original Hebrew translation for Joel 2:18 actually uses the word ‘qana' which literally means to be jealous or burn or to be on fire for - His people.
The imagery we get from a deeper reading of this verse is God’s innermost being on fire burning with hot passion for His people.
And because of this all-consuming and unquenchable fire and love - God decides to be ruthlessly merciful and grant His ultimate gift - His Spirit.
And His Spirit, He says, will be poured out to ALL people.
- Not just the old people but also the young people.
- Not just the men but also the women.
- Not just the masters but also the servants.
- Not just to His sons but also His daughters.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord - will be saved. (Joel 2:32)
Whether the church likes it or not, decides to or not - God has made up His mind. There’s nothing that can hold Him back.
He’s anointing and ordaining every single one of His children with His Spirit and His presence.
ALL. Everyone. Men. Women. Young. Old. Master. Servant.
ALL. Right. Left. Everyone in between.
ALL. Country Living. Urban Evangelism.
ALL. Traditional Service. Contemporary Service
ALL. Vegan. Vegetarian. Clean Meat-arian
ALL. Suit and ties. Tattered jeans. Shorts.