Deuteronomy 34:9-12; The Character of Moses; We have here a very honourable encomium passed both of Moses and Joshua; each has his praise, and should have; Joshua is praised as a man admirable qualified for the work to which he was called; Moses brought Israel to the borders of Canaan and then died and left them, to signify that the law made nothing perfect, Heb. 7:19. It brings men into a wilderness of conviction, but not into the Canaan of rest and settled peace; Through our Lord Jesus we enter into rest, the spiritual rest of conscience and eternal rest in heaven; Moses was greater than any other of the prophets of the Old Testament; His intimacy with the God of nature: God knew him face to face, and so he knew God. See Num. 12:8; He had more free and frequent access to God, and was spoken to not in dreams, and visions, and slumberings on the bed, but when he was awake and standing before the Cherubim; His interest and power in the kingdom of nature; Never was there any man whom Israel had more reason to love, or whom the enemies of Israel had more reason to fear. B.C. 1451

The Character of Moses. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 34:9-12 9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.   10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,   11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 34:5-8: The Death of Moses; He is here called ‘the servant of the Lord;’ Neither his piety nor his usefulness would exempt him from the stroke of death; God’s servants must die that they may rest from their labours, receive their recompense, and make room for others; When God’s servants are removed, and must serve Him no longer on earth, they go to serve Him better, to serve Him day and night in His temple; He was buried in a valley over against Beth-peor, the particular place was not known; The ceremonial law of Moses is dead and buried in the grave of Christ; but the Jews have not yet ended the days of their mourning for it. B.C. 1451

The Death of Moses. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 34:5-8 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.   6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.   7 And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.   8 And the children of Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 34:1-4; Moses on Mount Pisgah; Here is, Moses climbing upwards towards heaven, as high as the top of Pisgah, there to die; To show that he was willing to die; When he knew the place of his death, he was so far from avoiding it that he cheerfully mounted a steep hill to come at it; Note, Those that through grace are well acquainted with another world, and have been much conversant with it, need not be afraid to leave this; Note, Those may leave this world with a great deal of cheerfulness that die in the faith of Christ, and in the hope of heaven, and with Canaan in their eye; Having thus seen the salvation of God, we may well say, ‘Lord, now let Thou thy servant depart in peace.’ B.C. 1451

D E U T E R O N O M Y CHAPTER 34 Having read how Moses finished his testimony, we are told here how he immediately after finished his life. This chapter could not be written by Moses himself, but was added by Joshua or Eleazar, or, as bishop Patrick conjectures, by Samuel, who was a prophet, and wrote by divine authority what he found in the records of Joshua, and his successors the judges. We have had an account of his dying words, Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:26-29; Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 7]; These are the last words of all that ever Moses, that great writer, that great dictator, either wrote himself or had written from his dictation; they are therefore very remarkable, and no doubt we shall find them very improving; Moses, the man of God, with his last breath magnifies both the God of Israel and the Israel of God; His sovereign power and authority: He rides upon the heavens, and with the greatest state and magnificence on the skies; Riding on the heavens denotes His greatness and glory, in which He manifests Himself to the upper world, and the use He makes of the influences of heaven, and the productions of the clouds, in bringing to pass His own counsels in this lower world; When He has any thing to do for His people He rides upon the heavens to do it; for He does it swiftly and strongly: no enemy can either anticipate or obstruct the progress of Him that rides on the heavens; He is the eternal God, He was before all worlds, and will be when time and days shall be no more. See Hab. 1:12. B.C. 1451

Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 7] Deuteronomy 33:26-29 26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.   27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. 28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:22-25; Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 6]; Here is, The blessing of Dan; Jacob in his blessing had compared him to a serpent for subtlety; Moses compares him to a lion for courage and resolution; The Blessing of Naphtali; The Blessing of Asher; Note, It is a very desirable thing to have the love and good-will of those we live among: it is what we should pray to God for, Who has all hearts in His hand; and what we should endeavour to gain by meekness and humility, and a readiness, as we have ability and opportunity, to do good to all men. B.C. 1451

Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 6] Deuteronomy 33:22-25 22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.   23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.   24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.   25 Thy shoes shall be iron and Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:18-21; Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 5]; Here we have the blessings of Zebulun and Issachar put together, for they were both the sons of Jacob by Leah; It is here foretold that both these tribes should grow rich; The Blessing of the Tribe of Gad comes next; That it would be a valiant and victorious tribe, would, if let alone, dwell secure and fearless as a lion; but, if provoked, would, like a lion, tear the arm with the crown of the head; that is, would pull in pieces all that stood in his way, both the arm [that is, the strength] and the crown of the head [that is, the policy and authority] of his enemies; In David’s times there were Gadites whose faces were as the faces of lions, 1 Chron; 12:8. B.C. 1451

Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 5] Deuteronomy 33:18-21 18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.   19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.   20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:12-17; Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 4]; The Blessing of the Tribe of Benjamin; The Tribe of Joseph, including both Manasseh and Ephraim; Benjamin is put next to Levi; Benjamin is here called the Beloved of the Lord, and the father of this tribe was Jacob’s beloved son, the son of his right hand; Note, Those are blessed indeed that are beloved of the Lord; Note, Those are safe whom God loves, Ps. 91:1. B.C. 1451

Moses’s Blessings on Israel [Part 4] Deuteronomy 33:12-17 12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.   13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,   14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:8-11; Moses’s Blessing on Israel [Part 3]; In blessing the tribe of Levi, Moses expresses himself more at large, not so much because it was his own tribe [for he takes no notice of his relation to it] as because it was God’s tribe; To the High Priest, here called God’s Holy One, because his office was holy, in token of which, Holiness to the Lord was written upon his forehead; To the inferior priests and Levites; Note, Our regard to God and to His glory ought always to prevail above our regard to any creature whatsoever; And those who not only keep themselves pure from the common iniquities of the times and places in which they live, but, as they are capable, bear testimony against them, and stand up for God against the evil-doers, shall have special marks of honour put upon them. Note, Those that are called to minister in holy things must sit loose to the relations and interests that are dearest to them in this world, and prefer the gratifying of the best friend they have, Acts 21:13; Acts 20:24. B.C. 1451

Moses’s Blessing on Israel [Part 3] Deuteronomy 33:8-11 8 And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;   9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.   10 They shall teach Jacob Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:6-7; Moses’s Blessing on Israel [Part 2]; He pronounces a blessing upon each tribe, which is both a prayer for, and a prophecy of their felicity; Here is, The blessing of Reuben; Though Reuben had lost the honour of his birthright, yet Moses begins with him; for we should not insult over those that are disgraced, nor desire to perpetuate marks of infamy upon any, though ever so justly fastened at first; The blessing of Judah, which is put before Levi because our Lord sprang out of Judah, because of the dignity of the kingdom above the priesthood. B.C. 1451

Moses’s Blessing on Israel [Part 2] Deuteronomy 33:6-7 6 Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.   7 And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou a help to him from his enemies. Here is, I. The blessing of Reuben. Though Reuben had lost the honour of his birthright, yet Moses begins with him; for we Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 33:1-5; Moses’s Blessing on Israel [Part 1]; “And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death”; Moses blessed them, As a prophet–a man of God; Note, It is a very desirable thing to have an interest in the prayers of those that have an interest in heaven; it is a prophet’s reward; By the spirit of prophecy foretells things to come concerning them; He begins his blessing with a lofty description of the glorious appearance of God to them in giving them the law; There was a visible and illustrious discovery of the divine majesty, enough to convince and for ever silence atheists and infidels, to awaken and affect those that were most stupid and careless, and to put to shame all secret inclinations to other gods. B.C. 1451

D E U T E R O N O M Y CHAPTER 33 Yet Moses has not done with the children of Israel; he seemed to have taken final leave of them in the close of the foregoing chapter, but still he has something more to say. He had preached them a farewell sermon, a very copious and pathetic discourse. After sermon he had given out a psalm, a long psalm; and now nothing remains but to dismiss them with a blessing; that blessing he pronounces in this Continue Reading