Verse of the Day – Aug. 17, 2023

Verse of the Day – Aug. 17, 2023

August 17, 2023 – Thursday

Deuteronomy 32:35-43    NIV

35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”36 The Lord will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servantswhen he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. 37 He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in,38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings?Let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter!39 “See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life,I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.40 I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,41 when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment,I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh:     the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders.”43 Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants;he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people. 

Comments

Again, only presenting these verses in the NIV format, but you can see all nine of them in the NIV, NET, and NKJV here side by sidewith notes. Also, I strongly recommend you listen to The Song of Moses Pt 5 (set to music) as I believe it will increase an understanding of the verses. Listening you will hear verse 40 repeated a second time and the ending of verse 43 repeated an additional three times. 

Looking at verse 35 NKJV for clarity, 35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them. Their future then as our future now, it is truly necessary to consider that a day of reckoning will come and it is unavoidable.  

However, verse 36 NKJV, 36 For the Lord will judge His people And have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their power is gone, And there is no one remaining, bond or free, per the Benson Commentary, begins to show that after God had sorely chastised them, he would have mercy upon them and turn their captivity … whence there might be some hope or possibility of redemption. Along with His judgment there will be compassion for His servants.  

Next, we read (and hear), 37 He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in, 38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter! God will mock those who followed false gods, little rocks that offer no real refuge. Oh, many offerings were made to those rocks, but it was all for naught when help was really needed. Real help only comes from God whom they turned away from and now really need Him.  

Then, 39 See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand. Just open your eyes and be made aware by your own vain experience how impotent your false idols are. The Benson Commentary adds, I (the LORD God of Israel) am the arbiter of life and death, the dispenser of prosperity and adversity, and the author of national changes and revolutions, whether in the way of mercy or judgment. 

After that we have verses 40-41, 40 I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever, 41 when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me. And in singing the song verse 40 is repeated in the following format, 40 I lift my hand to heaven and declare – I live forever, repeatedly making the point that the real Rock, God, is eternal and truly real. And thus, a very real judgment is coming for those who hate Him.  

Finally, we come to the end or rather the conclusion of Moses’ Song, 42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders. 43 Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people. The latter part is repeated three additional times as Be merciful unto His land and to His people. There is the promise of mercy for the remnants that remain, and it is presented this way:

Be merciful unto His land

and to His people,

Be merciful unto His land

and to His people,

Be merciful unto His land

to His people. 

After the judgment of verse 42, 42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders, it is almost a relief to hear (read) verse 43. Especially when we hear (read) 43 Rejoice, you nations which means Gentiles may also rejoice! 

Bottom Line: No matter what goes on in the world or in our own country, we need to always keep our eyes on the truth as to who the real Rock is and the grace and mercy He has granted us through His Son. 

Prayer: Almighty God, The song You gave Moses to give to the people Israel, Your people, is so full of truth and hope if only we will keep our eyes on You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ      

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek