Lesson for May 9, 2020

THE FORMER RAIN

Scripture Reading: Joel 2:12-32

Memory Verse: Joel 2:23

  1. Through what natural source does our Heavenly Father cause the land to prosper? Lev. 26:4,5
  2. What does He call the source of this natural blessing? Deut 28:12, Malachi 3:10 last part
  3. What was Israel required to do when the time for rain came? Zech: 10:1,
  4. What was the condition of the land when good Lord withheld the rain? Joel 1:12, 17, 18
  5. Under what conditions was Israel made glad again? Joel 2:23, 24
  6. Under this rain what would be restored? Verses 25 – 27

Note: It’s evident from the foregoing and other practical experiences that without rain there will be no vegetation; the natural outcome would be starvation for both man and beast. The same is true with us without the Holy Spirit.

  1. What does the Heavenly Father use the natural rain to symbolize? Hosea 6:1-3

Note: Here the good Lord designates the spiritual blessings as the former and the later rain.

  1. What other promise was made under this figure? Joel 2:28-29
  2. When was this symbolic promise fulfilled? Acts 2:1-4.
  3. How do we know that our interpretation is correct? Verses 14-17
  4. What reason did Peter give why Christ gave this manifestation? Verses 32, 33.
  5. How did this sermon affect them? What was their request? Verses 37.