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Why did God use a locust swarm to punish Israel?


Joel 1:4

ESV - 4 What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust left, the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left, the destroying locust has eaten.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
A locust swarm has the potential to devastate all vegetation in its path and can cause economic disaster in a region. Ancient Israel was predominantly an agricultural society. As such, threats to t...

July 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

84924d6f 9be5 4261 9e07 ab5f6a8c5842 Lena Wms Student @Christ Gospel Church, S.S.Teacher, Observer
I have seen what a swarm of locust can do to a field. When they finally leave, there is nothing left but dirt. 
God's punishment on Israel for her disobedience to His Divine Ordinances was justified. God warned Israel through her prophets, through the written Torah, and through her priest not to worship or follow idolatrous ways. When Israel went after idolatry she was punished. Taking her food source was the first step of punishment. The last step being total destruction and slavery by her enemies. 
In reality, if Israel repented following a swarm of locust she was blessed. She was accepted back by God, and she avoided His continued wrath. 
Today, we in the USA are like the nation of Israel. God had smiled on us, but like the nation of Israel, we choose to follow the idolatrous ways. We have chosen to accept things we know are abominations in God's Eyes. We have allowed ungodly people to convinced us that God's Holy Word should be taken from the hands that teach our children and we have raised generations of children that have no reverence for God or the Laws He Created for us. We sit and watch in horror as our shores are pounded with wind and rain, only to shake our tiny fist and declare we will rebuild. Never considering it was God that allowed it for us to repent of our ways and turn to HIM. 
The Bible predicts of greater more evil locust to come. Rev. 9:3-10 these evil locust will no longer hurt the earth or crops, but will seek to harm all man. Man that will not bow to a Living Loving God now, will fall under the Wrath of God in that Day of Judgment in the Great Tribulation. 
We have a choice! As individuals we can choose to serve God now and be saved from the Wrath to come by the LORD Jesus Christ or we can serve ourselves, our own lust and face with the whole world what is soon to come.

Thank God for a choice, thank God for Jesus!

Be Blessed 

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