PODCAST: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, Part 4 (Covenant and the Cross #111 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Covenant and the Cross Podcast. This is episode #111. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is from Joshua 6:1-5 which reads: “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”

Regarding this passage, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown wrote in their commentary: “This first verse is a parenthesis introduced to prepare the way for the directions given by the Captain of the Lord’s host. The language intimates that a purpose already formed was about to be carried into immediate execution; and that, although the king and inhabitants of Jericho were fierce and experienced warriors, who would make a stout and determined resistance, the Lord promised a certain and easy victory over them. Directions are here given as to the mode of procedure. Hebrew, “horns of jubilee”; that is, the bent or crooked trumpets with which the jubilee was proclaimed. It is probable that the horns of this animal were used at first; and that afterwards, when metallic trumpets were introduced, the primitive name, as well as form of them, was traditionally continued. The design of this whole proceeding was obviously to impress the Canaanites with a sense of the divine omnipotence, to teach the Israelites a memorable lesson of faith and confidence in God’s promises, and to inspire sentiments of respect and reverence for the ark as the symbol of His presence. The length of time during which those circuits were made tended the more intensely to arrest the attention, and to deepen the impressions, both of the Israelites and the enemy. The number seven was among the Israelites the symbolic seal of the covenant between God and their nation.”

Today’s quote about the Bible is from John Quincy Adams. He said: “So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society.”

Our topic for today is titled “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, Part 4” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

The process began early. Because of the apostasy of the people, God allowed Cushan-Rishathaim (kuh-shan rish-a-thaim) from Mesopotamia (me-so-po-ta-mi-a) to move in and oppress the people. After eight years, the people began to cry out to God. In response God raised up for them the first judge, Othniel, (oth-ni-el) the nephew of Caleb who had won Caleb’s daughter by conquering the city of Debir, formerly called Kiriath Sepher (ki-ri-ath sef-ir). Through God’s Spirit, Othniel (oth-ni-el) led the uprising, and the Israelites were able to win deliverance. As a result, there was peace for forty years.

Then the cycle began again. The Israelites again “did evil.” This time God’s instrument was King Eglon of Moab, who was allied with the Ammonites and the Amalekites. Interestingly, we find that he occupied Jericho (“the City of Palms”).2 After eighteen years, the people cried out to God, and He raised up Ehud to be judge. Using his left-handedness, Ehud was able to smuggle a sword into a meeting with Eglon and kill him. Ehud then escaped and sounded the alarm to gather the Israelite troops. Taking advantage of the loss of the Moabite king, the Israelites drove out their oppressors. Here we find the longest period of peace during the time of the judges.

At the end of this section, we read of one more judge who served at the end of this period, Shamgar. All we are told about him is that he attacked the Philistines (which would put him on the southwest side of the country). We are not even told how long he served as judge.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next broadcast.

Let’s Pray —

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Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here’s how.

All you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.