The Last Prophetic Song of Moses
Scripture reading for March 2nd: Deuteronomy 31-34
God knows that His people like music, so He gave Moses a song to conclude his ministry with. God knew that a song would get into the hearts of the people and help them remember His word. He knew that a song would be sung over and over and could easily be learned by the younger generation. Music has always held a place in the word of God and much of Scripture is written in poetic form that could be memorized easily or sung.
This last song began with a proclamation of God’s goodness and grace towards Israel. God’s word had fallen like rain on their thirsty hearts! (Deuteronomy 32:1-2) The teachable people soaked up the word of God and grew like plants in a well watered garden. This song told of God as Israel’s “Rock”. He was perfect in all His ways and His justice was widely seen and recognized. He was faithful, upright and incapable of doing wrong. (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) Their Rock had faithfully led them through the wilderness. He had justly punished those who were unfaithful and He rewarded those who humbly followed. Their Rock was also their Father and Creator. (Deuteronomy 32:6) He had made them and formed them as His own people. It seems that the understanding of God was an important concept that Moses was to teach the people through this song. Faith’s foundational teaching concerns God as Father and creator of all things. (Genesis 1:1) (Hebrews 11:3) (Matthew 6:9) This is an area of attack in our culture. Evolution denies God as Creator and Father! God their Rock was also the avenger of His people’s enemies. (Deuteronomy 32:35-36) Their Rock would put thousands to flight. He would save His people when their strength was gone. He would avenge the blood of His servants and His land. (Deuteronomy 32:43) This was and is comforting news to God’s children! This thought is repeated in the New Testament as well! (Romans 12:17-19) Israel was a blessed people because of their Blessed Lord who would save them! (Deuteronomy 33:28-29) He would be their shield and helper and glorious sword! This sounds like the armor of God described in Ephesians 6 that talks of Jesus Christ! We are a blessed people, too! We can sing songs and hymns and spiritual songs by the Holy Spirit who teaches us about our “Rock” Jesus Christ and our glorious future!