August 10, 2023 – Thursday –
Deuteronomy 32:1-4 NIV
1 Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
3 I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! 4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
Deuteronomy 32: 1-4 NKJV
1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.
3 For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. 4 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.
Deuteronomy 32: 1-4 NET
1 Listen, O heavens, and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 My teaching will drop like the rain,
my sayings will drip like the dew, as rain drops upon the grass, and showers upon new growth.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; you must acknowledge the greatness of our God. 4 As for the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just. He is a reliable God who is never unjust, he is fair and upright.
Above are the first four verses of Moses’ Song. The song is 43 verses in length, so we will not cover all of it today. We will begin with a few versions of the song found on youtube.com. I have chosen those that most closely follow one or more of the three versions above. None that I examined (listened to) followed any version exactly verse by verse except one.
The first version is The Song of Mosheb – Deut 32 sung by Michael Sharrow with a strong Jewish flavor to it. It is sixteen minutes long. I recommend following it with the NKJV. The next version is Deuteronomy 32—The Song of Moses (Live) by High Point Worship. It displays the verses as they are sung, and it is less than five minutes long. Sadly it focuses on the first four verses while moving around to cover a few other verses until finally concluding with verse forty-three. The last version and the best in my opinion follows the NIV fairly closely but it comes in five parts, Part 1, verses 1-9 in four minutes forty-four seconds, Part 2, verses 10-14 in two minutes fifteen seconds, Part 3, verses 15-27 in five minutes 46 seconds, Part 4, verses 28-34 in three minutes twelve seconds, and finally Part 5, verses 35-43 in four minutes 32 seconds for a total of twenty minutes and twenty nine seconds!
And now let’s take a quick look at the first four verses for today. In the first verse, notice how Moses begins by asking not only for Israel and the earth to listen, but for the heavens to do so as well, 1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. About this the Benson Commentary says, By appealing, in this solemn manner, to the heavens and the earth in the beginning of this song, Moses intended to signify the truth and importance of its contents, which were such as deserved to be known by all the world.
Then in the second verse we have, 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass. Turning once again to the Benson Commentary we have the following comment, As nothing is more grateful to the thirsty earth than gentle showers, so there cannot be any thing more acceptable to those who are desirous of knowing the divine will than the revelation of it. Moses wants his listeners to really ‘soak’ up the message of the song if they would know God’s desires and will in their future.
Turing to verse three we have, 3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; you must acknowledge the greatness of our God. The Pulpit Commentary tells us that The hearers of the song are summoned to join in the celebration of the Divine majesty and in His greatness. Well that they should, especially when the warning arrive later.
Finally verse four, 4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.Here the Rock is identified as an early reference to Christ in many commentaries. Ellicott’s Commentary goes so far as to say, Matthew 16:18 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it and could only have been understood by Jews as denoting Deity; and that it not only referred to Christ, but to Christ as God.
Bottom Line: Take the time to listen to a few of the recordings to get the most (in my humble opinion) out of Moses’ song. And only then consider how you will or might look at the first four verses on your own.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, What an incredible testimony You inspired in Moses in his song about You, Jesus, and the future of Israel and finally its redemption. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton