Today’s passage: Deuteronomy 32
- God told Moses to give a song to Israel as a witness against them in the previous chapter. Here it is.
- The song probably feels long to us, but it’s very direct. Israel had no reason to be confused about what God was saying and Moses had no doubt in telling them how important it was they obey the Lord (“For it is no empty word for you, but your very life.” – verse 47).
- After all that Moses had done, he still fell short of the glory of God. He was not the Messiah. Moses needed a savior too. Jesus is that Savior.
Questions to consider:
- Are there any aspects to what we are reading in this chapter and the last that seem shocking to you? How is the directness and honesty of these passages different than the way people tend to talk with each other? Did this song seem unkind? Why so?
- What is God telling the people (and Moses)? How is what God was communicating right and truly helpful for those who have an ear to hear (Matthew 11:15)?
- Why is it important that the Bible be honest about Moses’ failure to achieve his own righteousness? If Moses was perfect and didn’t need saving from his sin, what would become of the gospel message?