Verse of the Day – Aug. 11, 2023

Verse of the Day – Aug. 11, 2023

August 11, 2023 – Friday

Deuteronomy 32:5-9    NIV

They are corrupt and not his children; to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation. 

Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. 
For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.

Deuteronomy 32: 5-9    NKJV

“They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation.
Do you thus deal with the Lord, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?

“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you:
When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel.
For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.

Deuteronomy 32: 5-9    NET

His people have been unfaithful to him; they have not acted like his children—this is their sin. They are a perverse and deceitful generation.
Is this how you repay the Lord, you foolish, unwise people? Is he not your father, your Creator? He has made you and established you.
Remember the ancient days; bear in mind the years of past generations. Ask your father and he will inform you, your elders, and they will tell you.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided up humankind, he set the boundaries of the peoples, according to the number of the heavenly assembly. 
For the Lord’s allotment is his people, Jacob is his special possession.

Comments

Yesterday we covered the first four verses in the ‘Song of Moses’ in Deuteronomy 32:1-43. Today we will look at the next five verses. Now dividing coverage of the Song of Moses into five (or more) parts based upon the division of the song into five parts. The first part, The Song of Moses Pt 1, covers the first nine verses. Since we already looked at the first four, today we will look at five through nine as shown above.

Looking at verses five and six together, no matter which version we choose it is clear Israel has rebelled against God and no longer behave as His children. Instead, in their rebellion they have ignored God and gone their own way becoming a corrupt generation. When you read these two verses imagine a young adult doing his or her own thing and ignoring everything those who raised them taught them while going their own foolish ungodly way, They are corrupt and not his children; to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation. Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you? They behaved as well-off rebellious children.

But Moses is not about to let them forget their foolishness as the next two (and beyond) will remind them of all the blessings they have originated with and from God. And it was these blessings that account for their well being before they go into rebellion. Let’s take a look, Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. I remember as a young man of 18 barely out of high school in 1966 my two oldest brothers and I talking with our Father about having long hair. He told us the time would come when we would cut our hair if necessary to get a job to take care of your family. He spoke from experience of needing work (avoiding layoffs) so he could feed a family of eight.

Let’s look at verse nine separately as it differs somewhat from one version to the next.

NIV For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.

NKJ For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.

NET For the Lord’s allotment is his people, Jacob is his special possession.

Do not understand the place of His inheritance in the NKJ when the KJ21 and the KJV both have the lot of His inheritance. Both of the latter fit well with the NIV and NET versions where Jacob is His inheritance no matter how it is described. 

MacLaren’s Expositions says the following about this verse, First, God has a special ownership in some people. Second, God owns these people because He has given Himself to them. Third, God possesses, and is possessed by, His inheritance, that He may give and receive services of love. Later MacLaren ties this to Christ when he continues, And so, dear brethren, it ever is; the one thing that knits men to God is that the silken cord of love let down from Heaven should by our own hand be wrapped round our own hearts, and then we are united to Him. We are His and He is ours by the double action of His love manifested by Him, and His love received by us. We may think this off until we consider what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:4 on how the wife and husband have authority over the other’s body. 

Bottom Line: No matter who we are and how much we want to or seek to rebel, we can never be unaware of the one who created us, wants to bless us, and wants us to be part of His eternal inheritance. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to be wise enough to live as Your inheritance through Your Son Jesus Christ. You bless us so mightily and if we would just open our eyes and our hearts to Your love we would be able to see it and experience it. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ      

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek