This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #467, 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 or Matthew Henry 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 Amos 6:2.
2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
That was Amos 6:2. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
But God directed these proud men to go to cities which once also considered themselves great, and to learn from their fall. Cal-neh and Ha-math were city-states in northern A-ram. They had been overrun by Assyria during Shal-ma-ne-ser III’s campaign in 854–846 b.c. Gath in Philistia had been devastated in 815 b.c. by Ha-za-el, king of Aram, and again in 760 b.c. by Uz-zi-ah, king of Judah. Was Israel any better prepared to fend off an attack than were those powerful kingdoms? No. Was their land larger than Israel’s? Yes. Those cities and their surrounding districts were greater in size than proud Samaria, yet they still were unable to stave off disaster.
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