This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #385, 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 2:28-29.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
That was Joel 2:28-29. Now here is the sense of it.
The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:
The promise began to be fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, and it was continued in the converting grace and miraculous gifts conferred on both Jews and Gentiles. The judgments of God upon a sinful world, only go before the judgment of the world in the last day. Calling on God supposes knowledge of him, faith in him, desire toward him, dependence on him, and, as evidence of the sincerity of all this, conscientious obedience to him. Those only shall be delivered in the great day, who are now effectually called from sin to God, from self to Christ, from things below to things above.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
This concluding section of the Book of Joel develops more fully the eschatological element of the Lord’s promise. The deliverance experienced by Joel’s generation foreshadowed that of the end times. The day of the Lord, so narrowly averted by Joel’s repentant contemporaries, will come in full force against the enemies of God’s people (perhaps foreshadowed by the northern army of 2:20). The promises of 2:19–27 will find their ultimate and absolute fulfillment as the Lord intervenes on Israel’s behalf, decisively judges the nation’s enemies, and securely establishes His people in their land. The Lord announced that His “day” would be accompanied by an outpouring of His Spirit on all people. The following context indicates that “all people” refers more specifically to all inhabitants of Judah. This will be true regardless of age, gender, or social class. At that time recipients of the divine Spirit will exercise prophetic gifts which in the past had been limited to a select few. This is probably an allusion to Numbers 11:29, where Moses, responding to Joshua’s misguided zeal after an outpouring of the divine Spirit on the 72 elders, declared, “I wish that all the Lord‘s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!” This extensive outpouring of the Spirit will signal the advent of divine blessing.
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