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Deuteronomy - Chapter 32

Bible Study Notes
Deuteronomy 32:1-14 Moses spoke all the words of a song in the ears of all the assembly of Israel. Moses beseeches all the earth to hear what he has to say about the Lord, that He is perfect, just, faithful, without sin, and upright. Moses then goes on to say how the Israelites will become corrupt and abandon the Lord, the one who created them! Moses goes on to remind them of how the Lord divided the people of the world and gave them their own nations and boundaries and how He set apart the Israelites as His own people. The Lord cared for the Israelites in the wilderness, guided them, made them ride on the high places of the land and eat of the fruit of the land.

Notes: The foolishness and stupidity of Israel would be seen in the fact that they would rebel against God who as a Father had brought them forth and formed them into a nation. This idea of God as Father of the nation is emphasized in the Old Testament while the idea of God as Father of individual believers is developed in the New Testament.

Deuteronomy 32:15-27 Moses continued by stating that when Israel becomes prosperous and content, they will forsake their God. They will go after strange gods, which were actual demons, angering the Lord, the Rock that bore them, Who gave them birth. The Lord will hide His face from the Israelites. The Lord's anger will kindle a fire that burns to the depths of hell, heaping disasters and curses upon the Israelites. The Israelites will suffer hunger, plagues, pestilence, teeth of wild beasts, venom from things that crawl. The Lord will make it very clear that these disasters would come from His hand in order that Israel's enemies would not take the credit.

Notes: Israel became wealthy because of the bountiful provisions of God but, instead of being thankful and obedient, became rebellious against the Lord. Idol worship is a form of demon worship as demon spirits impersonate the idol and work their wicked strategies through the system of false religion tied to the false god. The only thing that would prevent the Lord from permitting the complete destruction of his people would be his concern that the Gentiles might claim for themselves the honor of victory over Israel.

Deuteronomy 32:28-43 The Israelites will lack understanding of Who was really behind protecting them. This blindness will hinder them from discerning their disastrous end. Their doom will come quickly. The Lord will vindicate the Israelites and have compassion on them. The Israelites will come to realize that the Lord is the one that kept them safe and that there is no other god other than the Lord. God is in control of everything. Nothing happens outside His will whether or not He uses others to carry out His will when blessing or punishing. The Lord now and in the future will pay back all those that hate Him.

Notes: Rejoice with him, O heavens. As a result of the execution of God’s vengeance, all nations will be called upon to praise with Israel the Lord who will have provided redemptively for them in Christ and also provided a new beginning in the land. This atonement for the land is the satisfaction of God’s wrath by the sacrifice of his enemies in judgment. The atonement for the people is by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. “Rejoice O Gentiles, with his people,” to convey the expectation that God would one day bring the light to the entire Gentile world.

Deuteronomy 32:44-47 Moses warns the people to remember the words of the song, commands them to teach the words to their children so that they obey the Lord, for their very lives depended on it.

Notes: Moses reiterated to Israel that obedience to the Lord’s commands was to be the key to her living long in the land that God had prepared and called for this song to be a kind of national anthem that the leaders should see is frequently repeated to animate the people to love and obey God.

Deuteronomy 32:48-52 The Lord tells Moses to go up to the Mount Nebo, in the the land of Moab to get a bird's eye view of the land of Canaan that He is giving to Israel. The Lord then tells Moses that he will die on top of Mt Nebo because of his sin he committed by striking the rock at Meribah-kadesh to bring forth water when the Lord clearly told Moses to speak to the rock, making the Lord look unholy in the front of the Israelites. The Lord granted Moses to see the land, but would never enter it.

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