March 5th

Deuteronomy 32-34

  • 32:1-27 – Though all of Deuteronomy is a type of farewell speech from Moses, this section is his song regarding the unfaithfulness of the Israelites during his tenure. At the end he says that if it were up to him he would have destroyed them.
  • 32:32 – Sodom and Gomorrah were two towns in Genesis that God destroyed because of their egregious sins. They are often referred to when someone is trying to describe the worst of the worst.
  • 32:28-43 – Moses’ song challenges those who have sought or relied on other gods. He assures the Israelites that Yahweh is the only God worth serving and that he will reign alone in the end.
  • 32:50-52 – God commands Moses to see but not experience the land he had promised them. Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he was unfaithful when bringing water forth from the rock.
  • 33:1-28—Moses offers blessings to each of Israel’s tribes based on the role they tended to play. Some were larger, some had great warriors, and some were set aside for teaching God’s law to the rest of the people.
  • 33:29 – He rounds out his blessing with a reminder of how adeptly God cares for them and that they are truly set apart.
  • 34:8-12 – As easily spooked as the Israelites were, you can imagine that Moses’ death would have had the potential to send them into hysterics wondering if God would still show up for them. In God’s great wisdom, he had already begun to raise a new leader, Joshua, into power so the Israelites could have someone to follow.

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