The Song of Moses ~ Reece’s Pieces 10-22-2021

For many years now, in my daily Bible readings I’ve been reading through the Bible.  When I finish Revelation I just start over in Genesis and read it again.  Every time through I realize new truths as God speaks through His Word.

This week I was reading at the end of Deuteronomy where Moses is told he will get to look over into the Promised Land before he dies, but will not be able to enter it.  Moses had done so much for God (and for the children of Israel) in forty plus years of service, but he wasn’t allowed to lead them over the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  Why not…because of his unfaithfulness to God!  In Deuteronomy 32:51 God tells Moses that he will die on the mountain “because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel.”  It’s ironic to me that all of the first section of chapter 32 contains the song of Moses.  This song is a proclamation of the power of God and a warning against corruption, unfaithfulness, becoming self-sufficient, and turning away from God.  God had commanded Moses to write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. (Deut. 31:19)  In essence, Moses sang a song about the greatness of God and the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel and then God reminded Moses of his own unfaithfulness and told him the consequences he would face.

Many times in the church today we are just like Moses and the people of Israel.  We follow God, sing praises to God, and offer Him sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving.  We receive God’s grace, forgiveness for our sin, and we receive the blessings of being His children.  The problem comes when we drift away from God.  We become self-sufficient and lean on our own understanding instead of on God’s wisdom.  Instead of pleasing God, we seek to please ourselves or please others. 

Thankfully, we live in the age of grace.  We are not bound by the law, but instead we have a relationship with God through the blood of Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit dwells within believers and not only draws us to obedience in our walk with God, but is also a down payment on the promise of eternal life.  Moses sang a song of warning, but we sing a song of promise!  Let’s show our love for God in the way we live every day.  “Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful, may the fire of our devotion light their way.”