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This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

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The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #356

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #356, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Joel 1:2-3.

2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

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That was Joel 1:2-3. Now here is the sense of it.

The FaithLife Study Bible reads:

The book of Joel is concerned with the Day of Yahweh, a coming time when God will judge the world and make all things right. Joel draws on a real-life catastrophe—a swarm of locusts devastating the land of Judah—to warn of the disaster that the Day of Yahweh will bring to those who do not repent. He also promises that God will save the people of Judah and Jerusalem who call on Him.

The Bible does not provide any biographical information about the prophet Joel (other than his father’s name, Pethuel). Since the book addresses a situation in Judah, Joel probably prophesied in this region rather than in the northern territory of Israel.

The date of Joel is uncertain, but the book could have been written during the period when Judah was an independent kingdom, as early as the late eighth century bc. It also could have been composed after the Babylonian exile, during the fifth century bc, when Judah was a province of the Persian Empire. Based on Joel 1:13 and 2:17, the temple clearly was functioning when the book was written, but this could have been Solomon’s temple (before the exile) or Zerubbabel’s temple (after the exile).

The first half of the book focuses on disaster and judgment for Judah, while the second half focuses on God’s restoration of Judah and judgment of Judah’s enemies. Each half can be divided into two sections.

The first section (Joel 1) describes a plague of locusts that brings about a famine. In response, Joel calls the people to repent in preparation for the Day of Yahweh. The second section (Joel 2:1–17) warns of judgment on the Day of Yahweh. It portrays an attacking army as if it were a locust invasion; this is the army of Yahweh. Again, the section ends with a call to repentance and an affirmation of God’s mercy and love.

In the book’s latter half, the third section (Joel 2:18–32) describes God restoring the land and bringing blessing—following the judgment and destruction described in the previous sections. God not only will restore the land’s fertility, but also will pour out his Spirit upon all people. The fourth section (Joel 3) describes God’s coming judgment on the nations that have been oppressing Judah. It ends with a portrayal of Judah’s future glory, with God dwelling on Mount Zion.

The main theme of Joel is the approaching Day of Yahweh, which initially brings pain for God’s people (the first half of the book) but ultimately leads to their renewal and vindication (the second half). In a locust plague, Joel sees just how frail humanity is and just how chaotic the world really is—emphasizing how desperately we need God. In the plague, Joel also sees a glimpse of what it will be like when Yahweh’s heavenly army invades the world to bring about order and peace: It will be grim before it gets better, because the evil that pervades much of humanity must be removed.

The forthcoming Day of Yahweh is meant to prompt God’s people to change their ways. The locust plague serves as a warning: People should turn to God with their whole hearts now, while there is still opportunity.

Joel emphasizes that God’s mercy will only extend so far before He returns to make all things right. And on that day, like locusts eat a field, God’s judgment will consume the evil of the world. God will have pity on repentant people and save those who call on His name, which is what all are called to do now. Joel reminds us that God is present and active in the world, working toward a difficult, but beautiful end—the restoration of peace and justice throughout the world.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The opening chapter describes the effects of a severe locust plague which had swept over the land, destroying the agricultural produce on which both man and beast so heavily depended for survival. This disaster signaled an even worse calamity to come—the destructive day of the Lord. The prophet opened his message with an appeal to all who were living in the land, headed by the elders, to consider the uniqueness and significance of the disaster which had come on them. The elders were civil leaders who played a prominent part in the governmental and judicial systems. The rhetorical question in Joel 1:2b anticipates an emphatic negative response. Nothing in the experience of Joel’s generation or that of their ancestors was able to match the magnitude of this recent locust plague. The unique event would be spoken of throughout coming generations (your children, their children, and the next generation).

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #355: Joel 1:1

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #355, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Joel 1:1.

The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

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That was Joel 1:1. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

The most aged could not remember such calamities as were about to take place. Armies of insects were coming upon the land to eat the fruits of it. It is expressed so as to apply also to the destruction of the country by a foreign enemy, and seems to refer to the devastations of the Chaldeans. God is Lord of hosts, has every creature at his command, and, when he pleases, can humble and mortify a proud, rebellious people, by the weakest and most contemptible creatures. It is just with God to take away the comforts which are abused to luxury and excess; and the more men place their happiness in the gratifications of sense, the more severe temporal afflictions are upon them. The more earthly delights we make needful to satisfy us, the more we expose ourselves to trouble.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The only fact given about Joel is that he was a son of Pethuel. The prophet indicated that his message was God’s Word, but did not date his prophecy in the reign of any king of Judah or Israel.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #354: Hosea 14:9

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #354, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 14:9.

9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

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That was Hosea 14:9. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

Who profit by the truths the prophet delivered? Such as set themselves to understand and know these things. The ways of God’s providence towards us are right; all is well done. Christ is a Foundation Stone to some, to others a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence. That which was ordained to life, becomes, through their abuse of it, death to them. The same sun softens wax and hardens clay. But those transgressors certainly have the most dangerous, fatal falls, who fall in the ways of God, who split on the Rock of Ages, and suck poison out of the Balm of Gilead. Let sinners in Zion fear this. May we learn to walk in the right ways of God, as his righteous servants, and may none of us be disobedient and unbelieving, and stumble at the word.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The book ends with a word on wisdom. One who is wise and discerning will learn a threefold lesson from Hosea’s message. The ways of the Lord (His covenantal demands) are right. The righteous walk in them and experience the blessings of loyalty. The rebellious stumble over (not in) them in the sense that destruction (stumbling) is the direct result of disobedience. The broken commandments become the ultimate reason for their downfall. May all who read Hosea’s words walk, not stumble!

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #353: Hosea 14:8

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #353, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 14:8.

8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

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That was Hosea 14:8. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The first statement is best translated, “Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?” The contrast with Ephraim’s earlier attitude is stark. The Lord speaks in the latter half of 14:8, proclaiming His concern for Israel. The words care for translate the same Hebrew word as “lurk” in 13:7. The same God who stealthily watched Israel like a leopard ready to pounce on its prey will become the One who carefully watches over His people to protect them! Comparing Himself to a green pine tree, the Lord also asserted that He is the nation’s source of prosperity: your fruitfulness comes from Me.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #352: Hosea 14:7

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #352, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 14:7.

7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

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That was Hosea 14:7. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

his verse is better translated: “Those who live in His shadow will again raise grain, and they will blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon”. His shade (or shadow) could refer to the Lord’s protection. However, as Keil notes, it is more likely that “Israel is itself the tree beneath whose shade the members of the nation flourish with freshness and vigor”. This seems more consistent with the imagery in Hosea 14:5–6, which compares Israel to trees. The picture of Israelites again growing grain points to the return of covenantal blessing. Once again Israel will be “like a” fruitful “vine” which produces the best “wine.”

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #351: Hosea 14:4-6

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #351, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 14:4-6.

4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

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That was Hosea 14:4-6. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

Israel seeks God’s face, and they shall not seek it in vain. His anger is turned from them. Whom God loves, he loves freely; not because they deserve it, but of his own good pleasure. God will be to them all they need. The graces of the Spirit are the hidden manna, hidden in the dew; the grace thus freely bestowed on them shall not be in vain. They shall grow upward, and be more flourishing; shall grow as the lily. The lily, when come to its height, is a lovely flower. They shall grow downward, and be more firm. With the flower of the lily shall be the strong root of the cedar of Lebanon. Spiritual growth consists most in the growth of the root, which is out of sight. They shall also spread as the vine, whose branches extend very widely. When believers abound in good works, then their branches spread. They shall be acceptable both to God and man. Holiness is the beauty of a soul. The church is compared to the vine and the olive, which bring forth useful fruits. God’s promises pertain to those only that attend on his ordinances; not such as flee to this shadow only for shelter in a hot gleam, but all who dwell under it. When a man is brought to God, all who dwell under his shadow fare the better. The sanctifying fruits shall appear in his life. Thus believers grow up into the experience and fruitfulness of the gospel. Ephraim shall say, God will put it into his heart to say it, What have I to do any more with idols! God’s promises to us are more our security and our strength for mortifying sin, than our promises to God. See the power of Divine grace. God will work such a change in him, that he shall loathe the idols as much as ever he loved them. See the benefit of sanctified afflictions. Ephraim smarted for his idolatry, and this is the fruit, even the taking away his sin. See the nature of repentance; it is a firm and fixed resolution to have no more to do with sin. The Lord meets penitents with mercy, as the father of the prodigal met his returning son. God will be to all true converts both a delight and a defence; they shall sit under his shadow with delight. And as the root of a tree; From me is thy fruit found: from Him we receive grace and strength to enable us to do our duty.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

In the day of Israel’s repentance the Lord will turn from His anger and demonstrate His love by healing her. At that time the Lord’s blessing will return to Israel. Like dew it will cause the nation to blossom like a lily which was renowned for its beauty. This is a complete reversal of the imagery used in Hosea 13:15. Israel in her prosperity is also compared to a cedar of Lebanon, whose deep roots, luxuriant growth, and aromatic smell were well known; and to an olive tree, widely recognized for its luxuriance.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #350: Hosea 14:1-3

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #350, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 14:1-3.