The greatest aspect of this passage, at least for me at the moment, is how all ages will be participating in being filled with the Spirit in the last days. The young all the way to the old will have dreams, visions and prophesy. I would say this passage spoke so forcefully to me at this moment because I was among hundreds or more at Calvary Corvallis who participated in a week long fast, where we heard the prophetic words, Scriptures and exhortations spoken during the week of prayer and worship meetings. I'm still sorting the week out and meditating on some of the visions and Scriptures. But it remains fresh in my mind, as does the promise of Joel 2:28.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sometimes Scripture just leaps out at me. One of those moments occurred a few nights ago while I was reading through Joel. Here's how Joel 2:28 is written in my NKJV Bible: "And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." So many things spoke to me in this passage, particularly the ideas of promise and hope. At the ripe old age of 40, I'm closer to the end of my life expectancy (78 years and change, though I want to add the disclaimer that kin on both sides of my family tree journeyed on earth into their 90s) than my exit from the womb. So the fact that this passage speaks of "old men shall dream dreams" is such a great promise, not only for those of us advancing in years but for those who are already livin' the dream, so to speak.