August 3rd, 2017
A Devouring Plague
Joel 1:4-5 (KJB) That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. 5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
There are four devouring insects named in this verse:
The Palmerworm, the locust, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar are all mentioned in these two verses. These were all devouring insects that were released as plagues against Israel sent to ruin their crops. This was a serious problem because their harvest provided the bulk of their economy and filled their own bellies.
Ruined crops meant no money.
Ruined crops meant nothing to eat.
Ruined crops meant no wine for the drunks to devour.
These plagues affected every person from every walk of life. It took away income, sustenance, and wine was deprived from the drunkards.
These insects were a plague sent from God. They were small in stature but created serious problems. The insects quickly consumed every crop destroying any chance of a bountiful harvest, caused hunger and famine, and left no money in their pockets.