PODCAST: The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #380: Joel 2:18 (with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #380, 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 2:18.

18 Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

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That was Joel 2:18. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

This section marks a turning point in the argument of the book. It describes the divine response to the nation’s repentance and records the Lord’s comforting words to His people. The effects of the locust plague are reversed, and the threatened invasion is averted. Parts a and a1 correspond as both parts promise a restoration of crops and a cessation of shame. Parts b and b1 both refer to an elimination of enemies (or their effects). Part c contains two cycles, the second of which repeats and/or expands the three elements of the first. The relationship between verses 18–19a and the preceding context is problematic. The NIV translation, which employs the future tense, interprets these verses as a promise conditional on the people’s positive response to the call to repentance in verses 12–17. However, that interpretation of the Hebrew verbal forms in this context is unlikely. The forms seem better translated with the past tense and the text understood as a description of the Lord’s turning to His people in Joel’s time. This would, of course, imply they had responded positively to the appeal of verses 12–17. In response to this genuine repentance, the Lord was jealous for His land and took pity on His people. The Lord’s jealousy is His passionate loyalty toward what is His, a loyalty that prompts Him to lash out against anything that would destroy it. The military protection described in Joel 2:20 is in view here.

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