Moses, the man who struck the rock twice at Kadesh (Num 20 :7-11) and was disqualified to get an entry ticket to the Promised Land (Num 20:12), spoke in the tune of singing:
"Listen, O heavens, and I will speak;
Hear, O earth, the words of my mouth;...
I will proclaim the name of the Lord.. (v 1--3)
Moses' song is described as teaching (v 2). The songs that we sing in worship should also teach us important truth. The heavens and the earth, as a witness of the covenant, were called to hear the message through the singing because Moses was about to proclaim the truth by introducing the Lord as Rock ✝ (v 4,15, 18,30,31). If it is received then it would be like rain, dew, raindrops to the earth.
1) The Rock that Never Changes v 4
It represents the stability and permanence of God:
What He does is perfect.
His ways are just.
He is faithful, and never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever ✝ Heb 13:8
2) The Rock who Provides v 15
The Lord had blessed Jeshurun - the upright one (Israel). The blessing of God's abundant provision for his people became a snare for them:
They grew fat and proud
They abandoned the Lord
They have REJECTED their God and Saviour.
Jesus- the Great Provider said "a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap " ✝ Luke 6:38
3) The Rock who Cares v 18
The Lord was like a mother who gave birth to them and fathered them. Yet they have DESERTED the ROCK
Jesus Christ-the Good Shepherd said that he longs to gather his children as a hen gathers her chick under her wings. ✝ John 10:11; Luke 13:34
4) The Rock who is Supreme v 30-31
Moses gave a contrast between the gods of the nations (rock) and Israel's God (Rock). The God of Israel is supreme.
Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords and King of kings.✝ Rev 17:14; 19:16
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him alone ✝ Matthew 28:18
✅ Moses, in his song, clearly mentioned that:
~ The Rock was REJECTED (v 15 b)
~ The Rock was DESERTED (v 18)
Yes, Jesus Christ--the Rock was REJECTED by the Jews and was DESERTED by his own disciples. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him ✒ John 1:11 Yet He become the Chief Cornerstone and had built his church on the rock (based on the confession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah), and assured that the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Beloved, let us join with king David and say: He alone is my Rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken? Psalm 62:2 Yes, Jesus Christ is the Rock of ages, cleft for you and me; Let us hide ourselves in Thee.
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
The Song of Moses
Earth and sky, hear my words, listen closely to what I say.
*The LORD is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair.
He assigned to each nation a heavenly being, but Jacob's descendants he chose for himself.
The LORD alone led his people without the help of a foreign god.
Their idolatry made the LORD jealous; the evil they did made him angry.
The LORD will rescue his people when he sees that their strength is gone.
I,*and I alone, am God; no other god is real. I kill and I give life, I wound and I heal, and no one can oppose what I do.
When Moses had finished giving God's teachings to the people, He said, be sure to obey all these commands that I have given you today. Repeat them to your children,*
LORD said to Moses You will die on that mountain as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor, because both of you were unfaithful to me in the presence of the people of Israel.
You will look at the land from a distance, but you will not enter the land that I am giving the people of Israel.*
So Moses, the LORD's servant, died there in the land of Moab, as the LORD had said he would. The LORD buried him in a valley in Moab, opposite the town of Bethpeor, but to this day no one knows the exact place of his burial.
Joshua son of Nun was filled with wisdom, because Moses had appointed him to be his successor.
There has never been a prophet in Israel like Moses; the LORD spoke with him face-to-face.
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
We are safe in our Lord's hands
The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are His everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33.27
These words are found at the end of Moses's song but they are the crown and the climax. These rich and choicest words came out of Moses's lips as a result of his lifetime communion with God.
How comforting and encouraging are these words to us and to all those who read them!
Doubtlessly countless people are blessed by these assuring words!
We fall often in our lives-
We fall down into the deep pit of vanity when the world and it's pleasures tempt us.
We fall into the hidden trap laid by Satan when he entices us.
We fall down in the miry clay of sin because of our rebelliousness.
We fall down when we are physically weak and when our feet slip.
We fall when we are deeply depressed in spirit and when our heart is heavy with grief and sorrow.
We fall down when our faith in God touches the bottom line.
But whenever we fall and from whichever height we fall we need to remember that beneath us are God's everlasting arms, to preserve us and to protect us
Psalm 91 11 and 12 say, He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways,they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
God's powerful hands are underneath us to lift us up. 1 Samuel 2.8 says, He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. He seats them with princes...
Are we weary?
Are our paths rough?
Do we fear that we will fall down?
Let us be comforted today that underneath us bearing us up and hidden from our sight are the loving, strong and powerful hands of our Lord.
So Instead of crying and complaining let us remind ourselves...
"What is underneath me? Are they not my God's everlasting arms ? How can He fail to support me ? How will I ever slip down from His hands?" No. Never
So let us drive away all fear for, We are safe indeed, in the arms of Jesus.
Death of Moses
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. This poignant account of Moses' death is written at the very end of Deuteronomy. The actual Hebrew word that describes Moses at the last moment of his life translates to "moisture."...
God's intimacy with Moses
In verse 6, after Moses’ death, the Hebrew reads, “and He buried him in a valley … ” The NRSV translation makes it passive, “he was buried,” but the Hebrew indicates an almost startling intimacy with the imagery of God being the one to bury Moses and lay him to rest.
The intimacy is not so startling, however, when we go on to hear in verse 10 that God knew Moses “face-to-face.”
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord
Here we see Lucifer was disputing about the body of Moses..... you know why?
To mummy his body in order to make it to be honored and ultimately consider it as God..
Michael the archangel said, "The Lord rebuke thee"
Burial and Mourning
And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day (Deuteronomy 34:6). The people mourned for Moses 30 days, but none of them knew where he was buried....
End of Moses the Greatest Prophet
Moses was the greatest prophet. No one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Until Jesus came no one was superior to Moses. The Lord knew him face to face. He did all the miraculous signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to do in Egypt.
Moses was the son of Amram and Jochebed. His remarkable deliverance in infancy foreshadows the deliverance from Egypt that God would later effect through Moses.
He was in Pharoah's palace for some time. He killed an Egyptian man who was beating a Hebrew man. This made him flee to Midian.
Moses lived as a simple shepherd in Midian. When he was 80 years old God called him from a burning bush. The simple shepherd was called to be a great leader of the Israelites.
His journey as a leader of a great multitude who were corrupt and rebellious was too difficult and burdensome. Throughout the journey they were murmuring and grumbling.
The journey which could have been completed in eleven days lasted for 40 years because of their rebellion.
Whenever God's anger burnt against them Moses would fall on his face and plead for their deliverance. He and Aaron together guided them.
Moses recited a song in which was included the qualities of a great God, the rebellious attitude of the Israelites and God's attitude to their rebellion. These words were not idle words but words of life to enable them to live a blessed life in Canaan.
Such a great leader could not enter the Promised Land because of his sin at the waters of Meribah. In conclusion Moses blessed each tribe individually.
God asked him to climb Mt. Nebo and only see the promised land. He died and God buried him in the valley opposite Beth Peor. To this day no one knows where his grave is. Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
We are promised the blessing of fruitfulness