PODCAST: The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #389: Joel 3:4-6 (with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #389, 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 3:4-6.

4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

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That was Joel 3:4-6. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

In verses 4–8 the Lord spoke directly to the Phoenicians (Tyre and Sidon) and the Philistines, two groups that profited economically from Judah’s demise. The Lord identified Himself with His people and denied that these nations had any justification for their actions. God then announced that He would repay them for their offenses. These are specified as robbery and slave trade. Since neither the Phoenicians nor the Philistines are mentioned as robbing the temple treasuries during the destruction of Jerusalem, Joel 3:5 may refer to Israel’s wealth in general, not to the temple. Phoenician and Philistine involvement in slave trade is mentioned elsewhere. According to Kapelrud, the Greeks mentioned here are actually Ionians (eye-oh-ni-ans), who populated the coasts of Asia Minor. Ionian (eye-oh-ni-an) commerce was at its peak in the seventh and sixth centuries BC. Ezekiel 27:13 and 19 mentions Tyrian trading arrangements (including slaves) with the Ionians (eye-oh-ni-ans) (or Greece). The trading recalled in Joel may have occurred in conjunction with Judah’s fall to the Babylonians.

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