PODCAST: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, Part 5 (The Covenant and the Cross #112 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Covenant and the Cross Podcast. This is episode #112. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is from Joshua 6:6-11 which reads: “And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord. And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord. And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout. So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.”

Regarding this passage, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown wrote in their commentary: “The pious leader Joshua, whatever military preparations he had made, surrendered all his own views, at once and unreservedly, to the declared will of God. The seven priests passed before the ark, called “the ark of the covenant,” for it contained the tables on which the covenant was inscribed. The procession was made in deep and solemn silence, conforming to the instructions given to the people by their leader at the outset, that they were to refrain from all acclamation and noise of any kind until he should give them a signal. It must have been a strange sight; no mound was raised, no sword drawn, no engine planted, no pioneers undermining–here were armed men, but no stroke given; they must walk and not fight. Doubtless the people of Jericho made themselves merry with the spectacle”

Today’s quote about the Bible is from Abraham Lincoln. He said: “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book that you can by reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man. It is the best Book which God has given to man.”

Our topic for today is titled “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, Part 5” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

The heart of the book of Judges focuses on three people. They are sometimes called major judges because of the amount of material devoted to them. They illustrate the pattern we have already noted. The first major judge was a woman, which I find very interesting—indeed, she held a position of leadership even before she assumed the role of deliverer.

As the account begins, we see the same pattern: the Israelites did evil and as punishment were subjugated. This time the oppression came from the north, specifically from Hazor, which had been rebuilt from the time of Joshua’s conquest. If our dating of the judges is correct and Deborah began her work around 1239 BCE, then it had been about 160 years since Joshua had destroyed the city at the end of the conquest. The leaders of Hazor were Jabin, the king, and Sisera, the commanding general. Deborah lived farther south in the region of Ephraim, where she had acquired a degree of fame as a prophetess and a judge (in a legal sense). As prophetess, she sent for a leader of the tribe of Naphtali named Barak. The word she had for him from God was that he was to take ten thousand militia from Naphtali and Zebulun and go to Mount Tabor. There, he was told, God would bring the Canaanites, and he was to defeat them.

Barak accepted her word, but he put up one qualification: “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go”. Deborah agreed but told him that there would be a cost. If she went along, he would not get honor for the victory; rather, it would go to a woman. It is to Barak’s credit that he was unconcerned about who got the honor, and he agreed to the condition.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next broadcast.

Let’s Pray —

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Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here’s how.

All you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.