August 09, 2023 – Wednesday
Deuteronomy 31:19 NIV
19 “Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.
Deuteronomy 31:19 KJV
19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.
Deuteronomy 31:19 NET
19 Now write down for yourselves the following song and teach it to the Israelites. Put it into their very mouths so that this song may serve as my witness against the Israelites!
God is speaking to Moses. Moses is soon to die, and Joshua will succeed him as the leader of the people Israel. If fact Moses earlier in this chapter said to all of Israel, 2 “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’
Then, Moses explained that the Lord your God will go first across the Jordan to destroy the nations there and Joshua would also cross before them. And of the peoples there, 5 The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Along with the command came this encouraging message, 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
It was then Moses handed the mantle of leadership over to Joshua, 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” This made it clear Joshua could do this as the Lord would be leading the way.
Moses as an uncrowned king of Israel sat down and wrote down a copy of God’s law per 17:18, 18 Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. What he wrote he gave to the Levitical priests and to the elders of Israel whereupon he commanded them, 10 At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts, during the Festival of Tabernacles, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lordyour God at the place he will choose, you shall read this law before them in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. 13 Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Why was this so important? It was to remind everyone, including those who had not heard it before, to listen and learn to fear the Lord.
But once every seven years would not be frequent enough. Thus the Lord told Moses what would happen in the future, 16You are going to rest with your ancestors, and these people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them. 17 And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’ 18 And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods. In the good times to come they will forget the source of all their blessings and forsake God and He would punish them by turning away from them, letting them suffer the consequences of their actions.
To make sure they would remember why disasters were coming upon them, God commanded Moses, 19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. God knew what would happen when they began to thrive, 21b I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.” 22 So Moses wrote down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites.
God had Moses teach them a song so they would not be able to forget where all their blessings came from and why the blessings would disappear. Tomorrow we will look at the song itself but consider for ourselves how God has made known His covenant with all of mankind in the New Testament in John 3:16, 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Instead of dying and being eternally separated from God, He gives us a path to know Him through His Son and to live eternally with Him.
Bottom Line: God knew what Israel was disposed to do and wanted to give them a path to return. He has done the same for all of mankind including us. The question is will we make use of His free offer of Grace or will we forget the source of all of or blessings.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to always stay aware that You are the source of ALL of our blessings. Let us never put anything before You and what You have done for us through Your Son, our Lord and Savior. Bless us with the constant awareness You are indeed our God. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton