Read Deuteronomy 32 – Rock-a-bye-Baby… I was comforted by that song as a child even though it’s a bit dark. Moses’ song is like that. It starts off powerful, with full attention to the LORD and moves through rejection, anger, punishment and second chances.
Read verses :1-4 aloud. That is the LORD. This song is comforting and serious. We serve a mighty, just and perfect God.
Sin enters the picture. (:5-6) And God is gracious to remind Israel of the things he has done to rescue them in the past. (:7-14)
They turn against the LORD, and worship foreign gods. The people grow lazy with complacency… something we all should guard against. (:15-18)
The LORD responds by turning his back on Israel, which leads to punishment. (:19-27) And Beloved, the LORD’s punishment is harsh and awful… may the threat of punishment be all that’s needed to steer you back to his narrow path.
The song goes another 16 verses, speaking of the great lengths the Lord will go to. Believer, believe!
After the song, the LORD tells Moses to climb a mountain from which he can see the Promised Land. He wasn’t fit to enter it, but the LORD did let him see it before he died. In the New Testament, Moses shows up with Elijah for Jesus’ transfiguration. (Matthew 17) Both of these things assure us that God is full of justice and mercy.
And what about this song? Does knowing the evidence from the past and the consequence of rejecting God change things for you? There is so much at stake and here is God’s Word, available to all, teaching, admonishing and encouraging us to know Jesus and live fully!