PODCAST: The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #390: Joel 3:7-8 (with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #390, 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 3:7-8.

7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:

8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

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That was Joel 3:7-8. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The divine judgment on these nations would be perfectly appropriate. The Lord would rouse His dispersed people and put them in the position of slave traders. They would sell the sons and daughters of the Phoenicians (fo-ni-shi-ans) and Philistines as slaves to the Sabeans (sa-be-ans), an Arabian people noted for their commercial activities. The judgment threatened here probably was fulfilled, at least in part, in the fourth century b.c. Allen explains, “The people of Sidon were sold into slavery by Antiochus III (an-ti-o-kus) in 345 b.c., while the citizens of Tyre and Gaza were enslaved by Alexander in 332 b.c.”. Perhaps Jews were involved in some of the transactions. In the context the passage also carries an eschatological significance which any historical fulfillment merely prefigures. From the eschatological perspective Philistia and Phoenicia represent all of Israel’s enemies. At that time God’s people will gain ascendancy over their enemies. In this section the judgment of the nations is described. It contains three subunits: (a) a call to the participants (the nations and the Lord) to assemble their forces, (b) a statement by the Lord, and (c) a description of the battle site.

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