Verse of the Day – Aug. 15, 2023

Verse of the Day – Aug. 15, 2023

August 15, 2023 – Tuesday

Deuteronomy 32:15-27    NIV

15 Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, they became heavy and sleek. They abandoned the God who made them and rejected the Rock their Savior. 16 They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols.
17 They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God—gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your ancestors did not fear. 18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.

19 The Lord saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters. 

20 “I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful. 21 They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains. 23 “I will heap calamities on them and spend my arrows against them. 

24 I will send wasting famine against them, consuming pestilence and deadly plague; I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts, the venom of vipers that glide in the dust. 25 In the street the sword will make them childless; in their homes terror will reign. The young men and young women will perish, the infants and those with gray hair.
26 I said I would scatter them and erase their name from human memory, but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy, lest the adversary misunderstand and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed; the Lord has not done all this.’”

Comments

With thirteen verses to look at I didn’t want to take up the space showing three different versions, but you can see all three – NIV, NET, NKJV – here side by side. Also, do not forget to listen to The Song of Moses Pt 3 (set to music) as it seems to add meaning to the verses in five- and one-half minutes. The NET divides these verses into three sections that fit all three versions. The first section, verses 15-18 describes Israel’s rebellion. The second section, verses 19-25 describes God’s judgment. And the final section, verses 26-27 describes the failing of other false gods. 

Looking at the first section we find in verse fifteen, Jeshurun grew fat and kicked, but who is Jeshurun? Frist of all Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel. However, other versions have Jacob or Israel instead of Jeshurun. Still, what is this all about? Not only did Israel grow fat – and obese – with all the blessings they received from God, but they also (NKJV) forsook God who made him, And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation. About this the Benso Commentary writes about the phrase scornfully esteemed the Rock signifies He rejected with the greatest contempt. Thus the Jews, in after ages, rejected their Messiah, who was in the most eminent sense the Rock of their salvation, and thereby again most awfully fulfilled this prophecy, after they had fulfilled it several times before. In their rebellion this prophecy was fulfilled many times over including the time of Christ. 

Next, we read, 17 They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God—gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your ancestors did not fear. 18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth. The false gods they turned to were demons and with the worship of these demons their rebellion was complete. What was God’s reaction to this rebellion? 19 The Lord saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters. 20 “I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful. He turned His face from them and let them pursue their own end as a perverse generation

What happens when that is not enough? His withdrawal insufficient to bring them back to the truth, then it was time for disasters to overtake them to see if that would bring them to their senses. 21 They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding. 22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains. 23 “I will heap calamities on them and spend my arrows against them. 24 I will send wasting famine against them, consuming pestilence and deadly plague; will send against them the fangs of wild beasts, the venom of vipers that glide in the dust. 25 In the street the sword will make them childless; in their homes terror will reign. The young men and young women will perish, the infants and those with gray hair. God was allowing calamity after calamity to come upon His people to bring their attention back to Him. 

Finally He relented saying, 26 I said I would scatter them and erase their name from human memory, 27 but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy, lest the adversary misunderstand and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed; the Lord has not done all this.’ But how are we to understand this? The Benson Commentary clarifies when it writes, This is spoken after the manner of men; and the meaning is, that it would have been righteous in God to cut them entirely off and wipe out their very memory from the earth; but such a sudden and final destruction of a people in whose behalf God had done so much, for establishing his true worship among them, and for conveying it from them to the rest of the world, would have occasioned those heathen to insult God himself, by ascribing their destruction to their own valour, or to the power of their idols, and not to his righteous judgment. To avoid this, it became the divine wisdom to defer the execution of them. God would continue to work with His rebellious people.

Bottom Line: Remember this is a song of prophecy for Israel to sing every year so they would know and understand what would befall them in their rebellion. As I look around our own modern nation and see how so much of it has rejected God, I shudder to think what His judgment will bring.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You watch, and You judge. We can only wait and pray for revival and restoration as we await the return of Your Son. Help us to bring more to You through Your Son as the time grows short. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ      

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek