The song of Moses is a reminder of who God is and what God has done, which God’s people needed. When we forget God we forget the abundant life he offers. He will not leave us or forsake us, and if we are trying to go our own way, God will intervene…
30 And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:
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.
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.
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.
Deuteronomy 31:30, 32:3-4, 15-18, 39
When Moses was on the threshold of the promised land, near the end of his life, ready to pass on the torch to Joshua, he sang this song to Jeshurun, another name for the people of Israel. It was a reminder of who God is and what God has done with his own people – the people who continue to go their own ways…
The identity of God and his ways do not change. He is the rock – immovable – and his works are perfect and just. David sang in his psalm 51 that God is proved right when he speaks and he is justified when he judges. Faithful, upright, and just is God. It is important to start with this description of God, so that when Moses begins describing Jeshurun, we will see the contrast of God’s people and Almighty God himself.
The people grew fat. This is so true. We satisfy ourselves so much and so long with the harvest of this world, that we kick back against God, we lie back in our heaviness, opening up our belts to ease the pressure as we recline in our worldly ways. When we find our satisfaction in the world, we abandon the God who made us. It is actually a rejection of the Saviour when we pursue (even without meaning or knowing) the idols and gods of this age.
Such idols are not God, first of all, and they represent the things which recently appear (the flavour and fad of the day). Part of the attraction of these idols is likely that our ancestors (Mom and Dad) did not know them or follow them. We can see this in every generation. Part of the attraction of our generation’s sin and idols is that we are defying the grown ups. The sad reality is that we are also often defying our Father in heaven simultaneously.
Remember, the Rock is the one who fathered us. He gave us birth and nourishes our lives. When we forget God we forget the abundant life he offers. There is no one like him and no god besides him. God puts to death, brings to life, wounds and heals, and we cannot escape his hand.
This was important for Israel to understand and it’s important for us. When we become God’s children, we are in his hand. In fact, we cannot escape his hand. He will not leave us or forsake us, and if we are trying to head our own way from God’s plan, we can expect God to intervene.
Moses had intimate knowledge of God’s character and ways. We can bank on his song of God to be true from then to now and into the future…