Thursday, January 17, 2008

Song of Moses Deuteronomy 32

Deuteronomy 32:44 "And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he and Hoshea the son of Nun."

Hoshea (God is help)is the name Joshua had before Moses changed it to Joshua (Je-hoshua meaning Jehovah-Saviour).

This song tells the story of Israel. It tells of the choosing of Israel from all the nations as the Lord's portion.

v9 "For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance."

It goes on to explain how the LORD took Israel as an eagle takes her young upon her wings.

v11 "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings, So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." v12

But then the song changes as though it is looking back from some time in the future to when Israel became comfortable and fat and turned to other gods. It is a song to remind them that they belong to the Lord. Someday when they are scattered and have forgotten the law, this song will remind them of who they are and who their God is.

v29 "O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!"

The Bible calls it a calamity that would come upon Israel. But there is hope for them in the end. There will be an end to the suffering for the people the LORD loves and has chosen.

v43 "Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people."

Then after 40 years Moses makes an end to speaking and is taken to a place where he can see the land he has been leading the people toward.

v52 "Yet thou shalt see the land before thee, but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel."

We have two more chapters. It is as if Moses lingers with the people before he goes to the point to view Canaan.

Psalms 20:1 "The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;"

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