This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #366, 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 1:16-18.
16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
That was Joel 1:16-18. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
Verses 16–20 contain a detailed description of the aftermath of the locust plague. By again concentrating on the unique nature of this particular event, the prophet supported his contention that the destructive day of the Lord was around the corner. The people were all too aware (before their very eyes) that their food supply, and with it all reason to rejoice, had disappeared. Drought had apparently set in as well, for the seeds had shriveled. The clods may be translated, “their (i.e., the farmers‘) shovels.” When the farmers dug into the ground to investigate the absence of green life, the shovels uncovered seeds that had not germinated. With no harvest available, the storehouses and granaries had been left to deteriorate. The domesticated animals were suffering from starvation.
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