Deuteronomy 32:44-52; The Song of Moses [Part 7]; The solemn delivery of this song to the children of Israel; God reminds Moses of the death of his brother Aaron, to make his own the more familiar and the less formidable; Note, It is a great encouragement to us, when we die, to think of our friends that have gone before us through that darksome valley, especially of Christ, our elder brother and High Priest; Note, Those may die with comfort and ease whenever God calls for them [notwithstanding the sins they remember against themselves] who have a believing prospect and a well-grounded hope of eternal life beyond death. B.C. 1451

The Song of Moses [Part 7] Deuteronomy 32:44-52 44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.   45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:   46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.   47 For it is not a vain thing Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 32:39-43; The Song of Moses [Part 6]; “See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand;” Glory to God; A sole Supremacy; An absolute Sovereignty, a universal agency; An irresistible power, which cannot be controlled; Terror to His enemies; Whatever judgments are brought upon sinners, it shall go well with the people of God; in this let Jews and Gentiles rejoice together. B.C. 1451

The Song of Moses [Part 6] Deuteronomy 32:39-43 39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.   40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.   41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.   42 I will make Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 32:26-38; The Song of Moses [Part 5]; After many terrible threatenings of deserved wrath and vengeance, we have here surprising intimations of mercy, undeserved mercy; We ought to understand and consider, The latter end of life, and the future state of the soul; To think of death as our removal from a world of sense to a world of spirits, the final period of our state of trial and probabtion, and our entrance upon an unchangeable state of recompence and retribution; The latter end of sin, and the future state of those that live and die in it; Those who trust to any rock but God will find it sand in the day of their distress; it will fail them when they most need it. B.C. 1451

The Song of Moses [Part 5] Deuteronomy 32:26-38 26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:   27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this.   28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.   29 Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 32:19-25; The Song of Moses [Part 4]; Here follow immediately the resolves of divine Justice concerning them; we deceive ourselves if we think that God will be thus mocked by a foolish faithless people, that play fast and loose with Him; Sin makes us odious in the sight of the Holy God; and no sinners are so loathsome to Him as those that He has called, and that have called themselves, His sons and His daughters, and yet have been provoking to Him; Note, The nearer any are to God in profession the more noisome are they to Him if they are defiled in a sinful way, Ps. 106:39, 40. B.C. 1451

The Song of Moses [Part 4] Deuteronomy 32:19-25 19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.   20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.   21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 32:15-18; The Song of Moses [Part 3], We have here a description of the apostasy of Israel from God, which would shortly come to pass, and to which already they had a disposition; Security and sensuality, pride and insolence, and the other common abuses of plenty and prosperity; They kicked; they grew proud and insolent, and lifted up the heel even against God Himself; Idolatry was the great instance of their apostasy, and which the former led them to, as it made them sick of their religion, self-willed, and fond of changes. B.C. 1451

The Song of Moses [Part 3] Deuteronomy 32:15-18 15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.   16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.   17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 32:7-14; The Song of Moses [Part 2]; Note, The authentic histories of ancient times are of singular use, and especially the history of the Church in its infancy, both the Old-Testament and the New-Testament Church; The early designation of the land of Canaan for their inheritance; The wisdom of God has appointed the bounds of men’s habitation, and determined both the place and time of our living in the world, Acts 17:26; When He gave the earth to the children of men [Ps. 115:16], it was not that every man might catch as he could; no, He divides to the nations their inheritance, and will have every one to know His own and not to invade another’s property; The Great God, in governing the world, and ordering the affairs of states and kingdoms, has a special regard to His Church and people, and consults their good in all. B.C. 1451,

The Song of Moses [Part 2] Deuteronomy 32:7-14 7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.   8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.   9 For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 32:1-6; The Song of Moses [Part 1]; A commanding preface or introduction to this Song of Moses; The subject of this Song is doctrine; “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, and my speech shall distil as the dew;” Rain is sometimes sent for judgment, witness that with which the world was deluged; and so the word of God, while to some it is reviving and refreshing–a savour of life unto life,–is to others terrifying and killing–a savour of death unto death; We cannot add to His greatness, for it is infinite; but we must acknowledge it, and give Him the glory of it; His eternity and immensity, the brightness of His glory in the upper world; God is the rock, for He is in Himself immutable immovable, and He is to all that seek Him and fly to Him an impenetrable shelter, and to all that trust in Him an everlasting foundation. B.C. 1451

D E U T E R O N O M Y CHAPTER 32 In this chapter we have, I. The song which Moses, by the appointment of God, delivered to the children of Israel, for a standing admonition to them, to take heed of forsaking God. This takes up most of the chapter, in which we have, 1. The preface, ver. 1, 2. 2. A high character of God, and, in opposition to that, a bad character of the people of Israel, ver. 3-6. 3. A rehearsal of the great things God Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 31:22-30; The Song of Moses; The song which follows in the next chapter is here delivered to Moses, and by him to the people; Many a sad thought, no doubt, it occasioned to this good man, to foresee the apostasy and ruin of a people he had taken so much pains with; Thus our Lord Jesus, a little before His death, foretold the rise of false Christs and false prophets [Matt. 24:24], notwithstanding which, and all the apostasies of the latter times, we may be confident that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, for the foundation of God stands sure. B.C. 1451

The Song of Moses. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 31:22-30 22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.   23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.   24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 31:14-21; Apostasy Foretold; Here, Moses and Joshua are summoned to attend the divine Majesty at the door of the tabernacle; Moses is told that, after his death, the covenant which he had taken so much pains to make between Israel and their God would certainly be broken; Note, God has a clear and infallible foresight of all the wickedness of the wicked, and has often covenanted with those who He knew would deal very treacherously [Isa. 48:8], and conferred many favours on those who He knew would deal very ungratefully; Whatever outward troubles we are in, if we have but the light of God’s countenance, we may be easy; But, if God hide His face from us and our prayers, we are undone. B.C. 1451

Apostasy Foretold. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 31:14-21 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.   15 And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 31:9-13; The Reading of the Law; Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi; Note, The Church has received abundance of advantage from the writing, as well as from the preaching, of divine things; faith comes not only by hearing, but by reading; The Jewish doctors say that the hearers were bound to prepare their hearts, and to hear with fear and reverence, and with joy and trembling, as in the day when the law was given on Mount Sinai; They were bound to hear with great attention; for he that reads is the messenger of the congregation to cause the words of God to be heard; I wish those that hear the Gospel read and preached would consider this. B.C. 1451

The Reading of the Law. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 31:9-13 9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel.   10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,   11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God Continue Reading