This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #379, 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 2:17.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
That was Joel 2:17. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
The priests were to lead the ceremony by weeping before the Lord in the court of the temple (i.e., between the temple porch and the bronze altar of burnt offering) and by offering a prayer for deliverance. The prayer was to include a twofold petition: (a) spare us and (b) do not make, a question aimed at motivating God to action. The concern of the latter was God’s reputation. If Israel, God’s own inheritance, were to become an object of scorn, the nations might erroneously conclude that He lacked the power and/or love to save those who belonged to Him. The rendering, a byword among the nations, though not the only way to translate the Hebrew here, is favored by the poetic structure.
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