This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #369, 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 2:2.
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
That was Joel 2:2. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
The day of the Lord is described as a day of darkness and gloom of clouds and blackness. The reference to intense darkness following the locust plague of Joel 1 recalls Exodus 10, where the same order of events appears. Darkness and clouds—often associated with the Lord in His role as the mighty victorious Warrior—here symbolize both judgment and destruction. The innumerable size of the invading force receives special attention. Like the rays of the morning sun (dawn) its hosts will cover the horizon. This army is said to be more awesome than any that had ever come or would come. The hyperbolic language may echo Exodus 10:14. If so, it emphasizes that the “locusts” of Joel 2:1–11 would be even more overwhelming than those that overran Egypt. Something even worse than the Egyptian plagues was about to engulf the land!
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