Brief Takeaways from Deuteronomy 32

The main theme of this chapter is the song of Moses, the words of which he “spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel” (31:30).

God as Israel’s Rock – Jehovah was the Rock of Israel’s salvation (32:15). Moses described Him like this: “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He” (32:4). What an awesome God He was and still is!

Israel’s corruption (32:5) – The people corrupted themselves, acting as a “perverse and crooked generation” (32:5). When people corrupt themselves, they have no right to point an accusing finger at others.

God as Israel’s Father (32:6) – Like earthly fathers expect of their children, God deserved to be respected by the Israelites (Malachi 1:6). Instead, this accusation against Israel was true: “. . . you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you” (32:18).

Israel’s place before the Lord – “For the LORD’s portion is His people” (32:9). They were “the apple of His eye” (32:10). Yet, despite her elevated and blessed status, what did Jeshurun (Israel) do? The people became fat and kicked against God, forsook Him, and scorned Him as their Rock (32:15). The Israelites foolishly turned to idols, serving foreign gods and sacrificing to demons, all of which was an abomination to the Lord (32:16-21). Oh, yes, punishment would come from Him (32:22-26).

Israel: a nation void of counsel and understanding (32:28) – How sad that such was an accurate description of what Israel would be. There was no excuse! They had the law of God and were blessed to have God’s Spirit-guided prophets, but they refused to hearken to His word. At times, by choice they were uninterested and ignorant. Such is a path of certain spiritual doom.

Proper application of what God told Israel via Moses – “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you . . .” (32:46). God wants His word to be in our hearts (Colossians 3:16). He also wanted Israel to “be careful to observe” all that He commanded (32:46). God’s desire for Israel in this regard was “not a futile thing,” but it was Israel’s life (32:47).

Moses would see Canaan, but not enter it (32:48- 52) – From Mount Nebo, located east of the Jordan River, Moses would be allowed to see the land which God had promised. God spoke clearly: when Moses transgressed in the wilderness, he failed to hallow Jehovah before Israel. A great reminder for each one of us, the result was devastating for Moses personally.

— Roger D. Campbell

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