Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 31:30-32:47
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
The song of Moses concludes the Word of God given through His prophet Moses. The song exalts the LORD, giving the people of Israel every reason to love, obey and trust Him. The song begins with a call for God's people to pay attention, and a prayer that his words would refresh the faith of Israel like drops of rain. God's faithfulness is contrasted with the corruption of His rebellious people. Despite their faithlessness they were "the apple of his eye." He was, nevertheless, forsaken by His chosen people for "gods that had come recently." In spite of this, God did not "wipe them from human memory" lest their adversaries misunderstand and conclude that their own hand was triumphant. Here we see that God's work on behalf of Israel is never for the sake of Israel alone. God's desire has always been that all the nations would see Him at work on behalf of His people and through His people, and come to trust in Him. The same is true today. Jesus, the Light of the world is revealed when He shines through us as the light of the world. God's power at work in Israel would demonstrate that "I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand" (Deuteronomy 32:39). After his song, Moses' concluding words to Israel reminded them one more time that God's Word was His power to save them. "They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess" (Deuteronomy 32:47).