The Song of Moses:
1) Highlights the characteristics of God – “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.”
2) Predicts future rebellion – “They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods… They sacrificed to demons, not to God…Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you.”
3) Warns of future consequences – “I will heap disasters on them; I will spend My arrows on them. They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction… The sword shall destroy outside; there shall be terror within.”
4) Shows God’s grace to His people – “For the Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants… Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal… Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.” One day, later in the story, the Gentiles will also partake of the Lord’s blessing and promises and rejoice together with the Jews (Romans 11:11-31).
In Moses’s last recorded words before he dies, he elevates the book of the law – “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.” Just as the book of the law was life for the Israelites, God’s word is life-giving to us today!
We end the reading with Moses’ Psalm 90, the oldest Psalm, where Moses says, “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Moses knows that wisdom comes from the Lord and His word, and without that wisdom we will waste away our lives. When we come to the Kingdom Era, King David will say something similar – “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath” (Psalm 39:4-5). And right before King David dies, guess what his final instructions are going to be to his son Solomon? David, like Moses, will elevate the book of the law before his death – “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn” (2 Kings 2:2-3).
Moses finishes the prayer by saying, “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us.” Later in the story, Paul will say that we are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Moses, David, and Paul all know the importance of living intentional lives devoted to the Lord. Our days are numbered, and we are to be wise with how we use our time, talents, and treasures to build God’s Kingdom.
Tomorrow Moses dies, we exit the Exodus Era, and jump into the Conquest Era, so keep reading! (Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52)