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Joel 2:27

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel - God had foretold their rebellion His forsaking them, “the troubles” which should “find” them, and that they should say, “Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?” Deuteronomy 31:17. It had been the mockery of the Pagan in their distress, “Where is their God?” Joel 2:17. “Now, by the fulfillment of His promises and by all God‘s benefits, they should know that He was among them by special grace as His own peculiar people.” Still more was this to be fulfilled to Christians, in whose heart He dwells by love and grace, and of whom He says, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there will I be in the midst of them.” In the highest sense, “God was in the midst of them,” in that “God the Son, equal to God the Father as touching His Godhead, did, in the truth of human nature, take our flesh. This to see and know, is glory and bliss ineffable. Therefore He repeats, and by repeating, confirms, what he had said, “And My people shall never be ashamed.” Yea, glorious, magnified, honored, shall be the people, to whom such a Son was promised, and of whom He was born. Glorious to them is that which the Apostle saith, that “He took not on Him the nature of Angels, but He took the seed of Abraham,” and this glory shall be eternal.”

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
The priests and rulers are to appoint a solemn fast. The sinner's supplication is, Spare us, good Lord. God is ready to succour his people; and he waits to be gracious. They prayed that God would spare them, and he answered them. His promises are real answers to the prayers of faith; with him saying and doing are not two things. Some understand these promises figuratively, as pointing to gospel grace, and as fulfilled in the abundant comforts treasured up for believers in the covenant of grace.
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