BIBLE: Deuteronomy Chapter 32 – Headline “A Song of Prophecies” []

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Deuteronomy 32

The Song of Moses

Deuteronomy 32: 1 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
  • The heavens and the earth are witnesses. Deuteronomy 4:26, Deuteronomy 30:19, Deuteronomy 31:28
    • It takes two witnesses to ascertain a truth.
      • Deuteronomy 19:15b The Law Concerning Witnesses – “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
      • God uses two witnesses for end time events, against those who support the agenda of the Antichrist : Revelation 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Deuteronomy 32:Let my teaching (doctrine) drop as the rain (Messiah-Jesus),
  • Rain means teacher in Hebrew. Faithful rain is the Messiah. Rain refers to Jesus when He comes down from heaven.
  • John 3:13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
  • Note: The parables of Jesus refer to the resurrections as a harvest which are also associated with the Rain.

My speech distill as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass.
  • The field symbolizes the world. Grass is symbolic of men. Rain is literally the Messiah who comes down from heaven. The dew is Word of God, and those who have the Son, which is the Word, will “arise” like the dew when the Son comes out in the morning. The morning is the rapture. See Isaiah 21.
Deuteronomy 32:For I proclaim the name of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ):
Ascribe greatness to our God (‘ĕlōhîm: plural Godhead).

Deuteronomy 32:He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.
  • Truth is the foundation stone for trust. No one can build love on a foundation of non-trust, and Jesus is the Rock…the Stone.
  • Reference Verses for Truth:
    • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
    • John 18:38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
  • The Rock is Jesus, the living Rock. He is the stone that followed the Jews and the Rock struck by Moses. He is the rock of stumbling, the cornerstone, the foundation stone, the capstone, the Rock on which the wise man built his house, the stone David used to kill Goliath and the uncut rock that shattered the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream’s statue. He is the uncut stones of the altar in the temple. He is the stone that grew into a mountain. He is the stone that both shatters and saves. See Jesus as the Stone.
Deuteronomy 32:“They have corrupted themselves;
They are not His children,
Because of their blemish:
A perverse and crooked generation.
Deuteronomy 32:Do you thus deal with (repay) the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) ,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is He not your Father, who bought (redeemed) you?
  • He purchased them from the slavery block of sin as their Redeemer. Isaiah 9:6 says the Son IS the everlasting Father. Hard to comprehend by natural man, but as the Godhead they are one and the same with the same spiritual DNA.
    • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Has He not made you and established you?
Deuteronomy 32:“Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of many generations.
Ask your father, and he will show you;
Your elders, and they will tell you:

Deuteronomy 32:When the Most High (ʿelyôn) divided their inheritance to the nations,
When He separated the sons of Adam (He divided the Hebrews from the Gentiles),
He set the boundaries of the peoples (He gave the Hebrews the promised land)

According to the number of the children (Angels of Godor even sons of God) of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:For the Lord’s (Yᵊhōvâ) portion (tithe) is His people;
Jacob is the place of His inheritance.
  • A portion is part of a whole, separated: the concept of separated is the meaning of the word “holy”. A tithe is separated from the whole and is holy to the Lord.
Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found him (The Jews) in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple (pupil) of His eye.

                God’s gaze is always on His children.

  • Deuteronomy 11:12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9a For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
  • Scripture uses the wings of eagles to describe God’s supernatural intervention in the affairs of men.
    • Jeremiah 49:22 Behold, He shall come up and fly like the eagle, And spread His wings over Bozrah; The heart of the mighty men of Edom in that day shall be Like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.
    • Revelation 12:14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
    • Exodus 19:4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.
    • Matthew 23:37 Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
    • “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
  • The Eagle is one of the four faces of God:
Bald Eagle

The eagle’s eye is among the strongest in the animal kingdom, with an eyesight estimated at 4 to 8 times stronger than that of the average human.

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Job 36:7 He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted.


Deuteronomy 32:12 So the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) alone led him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
Deuteronomy 32:13 “He made him ride (on the back of the eagle) in the heights of the earth,
That he might eat the produce of the fields;
He made him draw honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock;
  • Psalm 81:16 He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”
Deuteronomy 32:14 Curds from the cattle, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs;
And rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the choicest wheat;
And you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.
Deuteronomy 32:15 “But Jeshurun (Jerusalem) grew fat and kicked;
You grew fat, you grew thick,
You are obese!
  • The Jews became obese with the prolific blessings provided for them: The Word of God, the prophets, the covenants, the kingdoms, the laws, the land, the promises, and the Messiah.
  • Various names of Jerusalem:
    1. Jeshurun (used in Deuteronomy)
    2. Ursalim (Oldest from Upper Egypt dating from the 14th century BC)
    3. City of Jebus (from the Jebusites)
    4. Aelia Capitolina (Roman name)
    5. Yerushalem to Yerusha-laim (after 500 AD)
    6. Ierousalm (Greek Septuagint) to Hierosolyma (Latin) to Hierusalem (late Latin) to Old French Ierusalem to modern Jerusalem when “I” became pronounced “J”.
    7. “Iliya,” (Muslim) a shortened version of the ancient Roman name Aelia Capitolina
    8. Al-Quds shortened from Bayt al-Maqdis – Muslim for the Jewish Temple but morphed into the name for the city.

Then he forsook God (‘ĕlôha) who made him,
And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation (ṣûr yᵊšûʿâ)
יְשׁוּעָה Salvation: h3444 yᵊšûʿâ
Literally: Yeshua (hebrew) or Jesus (greek)
אֱלוֹהַּ the Deity h433 ‘ĕlôha
צוּר צוּר Stone h6697 ṣûr See Verse 4
Deuteronomy 32:16 They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods;
With abominations (detestable acts) they provoked Him to anger.
Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed to demons (devils), not to God (‘ĕlôha),
To gods they did not know,
To new gods, new arrivals
That your fathers did not fear.
  • New gods:
    • Daniel 11:38 But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things.
  • demons:
    • From the root: to swell up (pride) to ruin, destroy, spoil, devastate.
Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,
And have forgotten the God (‘ēl singular God) who fathered you.
  • The Rock is stable and does not move in the wind or the storm.
Deuteronomy 32:19 “And when the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) saw it, He spurned them,
Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.
Deuteronomy 32:20 And He said: ‘I will hide My face (to turn away) from them,
I will see what their end will be,
For they are a perverse generation,
Children in whom is no faith.

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not god;
  • There is no other God…but God.

They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols (foolishness, literally vanities).
But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation (the Gentiles);
I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.
  • Prophecy Alert: When Jesus was rejected by the Jewish leaders, the Gentiles were grafted in.

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in My anger,
And shall burn to the lowest (part of) hell (Sheol);
It shall consume the earth with her increase,
And set on fire the foundations of the mountains (figurative: kingdoms).
  • They are ready to go into the Promised Land; the Song of Moses gives prophecies about the latter days, which is the seven year tribulation spoken of by Daniel the prophet.
Deuteronomy 32:23 ‘I will heap disasters on them;
I will spend My arrows on them.
  • What are the arrows of God? They are a quiver full of devastation listed below:
  1. Starvation
  2. Pestilence
  3. Destruction
  4. Wild Animals
  5. Poison of Serpents
  6. Sword of the Gentile armies

Deuteronomy 32:24 They shall be wasted with hunger,
Devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction;
I will also send against them the teeth of beasts,
With the poison of serpents of the dust.

Deuteronomy 32:25 The sword shall destroy outside;
There shall be terror within
For the young man and virgin,
The nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
Deuteronomy 32:26 I would have said, “I will dash them in pieces,
I will make the memory of them to cease from among men,”
Deuteronomy 32:27 Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy,
Lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
Lest they should say, “Our hand is high;
And it is not the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) who has done all this.” ’
  • God wants the nations to believe it is HE who handed them over to their enemies and He will not allow His name to be misunderstood.
Deuteronomy 32:28 “For they are a nation void of counsel,
Nor is there any understanding in them.

Deuteronomy 32:29 Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would consider their latter end!
  • Their “latter end” is the seven year tribulation;
    • Mark 13:19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.
    • Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations.

      The word “latter end” is used for a time beyond the “last days”. The latter end describes the seven year tribulation.
Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the Lord had surrendered them?
  • In 70 AD when the second temple was destroyed: “According to the military customs of the day, Titus was to be awarded a wreath, like an Olympic victor, for his conquest (of the Jews). He refused it, with words that deserved to be regarded as the most arrogant of all time, that there is ‘no merit in vanquishing a people forsaken (surrendered) by their own God.”’

Deuteronomy 32:31 For their rock (ṣûr) is not like our Rock (ṣûr),
Even our enemies themselves being judges.
Deuteronomy 32:32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom
And of the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of gall,
Their clusters are bitter.
  • In the book of Revelation the city of Jerusalem is called Babylon for her idolatry, Sodom for her debauchery & heartlessness, and Egypt for her worldliness.
Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poison of serpents,
And the cruel venom of cobras.
Deuteronomy 32:34 Is this not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up among My treasures?
  • A treasure is an item hidden in the darkness from men but seen clearly by God who is Light. It is the prophetic future.
  • Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’
Deuteronomy 32:36 “For the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) will judge His people
And have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their power is gone,
And there is no one remaining, bond or free.
  • At the end of the tribulation all of the Jews would be annihilated if God had not cut the days short.
Deuteronomy 32:37 He will say: ‘Where are their gods,
The rock in which they sought refuge?
  • Their “rock” is not THE “Rock”; the living “Rock”, Jesus. Rather, it is a rock made of sand; unstable, unsure, and undependable.
Deuteronomy 32:38 Who ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise and help you,
And be your refuge.
Deuteronomy 32:39 ‘Now see that I, even I, am He,
And there is no God (‘ĕlōhîm) besides Me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.

Deuteronomy 32:40 For I raise My hand to heaven,
And say, “As I live forever,
  • John 6:58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.
  • John 6:31-33 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Deuteronomy 32:41 If I whet (sharpen) My glittering sword,
And My hand takes hold on judgment,
I will render vengeance to My enemies,
And repay those who hate Me.

Deuteronomy 32:42 I will make My arrows drunk with blood,
And My sword shall devour flesh,
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the heads of the leaders of the enemy.” ’
Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; (And let all the angels worship HIM)
  • Hebrews 1:6 But when He again brings the firstborn (Jesus) into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
  • Why is Jesus being worshiped? Because He is God.
    Why do the Gentiles rejoice? Because they will be the recipients of the Jewish inheritance.
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And render vengeance to His adversaries;
He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”
  • Jesus is the “Goel”: The Kinsman Redeemer!
    1. He avenges the blood and renders vengeance.
    2. He atones for the land
    3. And for the people.
    4. He is the closest kinsman to men, becoming a man.
גָּאַל gā’al h1350
redeemer, kinsman, revenger, avenger, ransom
Deuteronomy 32:44 So Moses came with Joshua (Heb. Hoshea, Num. 13:8, 16) the son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
Deuteronomy 32:45 Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
Deuteronomy 32:46 and he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is not a futile (vain) thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”
  • The Hebrew meaning of “Hebrew” is “to cross over”.
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  • Etymology. The definitive origin of the term “Hebrew” remains uncertain. The biblical term Ivri (עברי; Hebrew pronunciation: [ʕivˈri]), meaning “to traverse” or “to pass over”, is usually rendered as “Hebrew” in English, from the ancient Greek Ἑβραῖος and the Latin Hebraeus.
  • Ivri from Eber, the ancestor of the Israelites, used to distinguish Israel from foreigners (= one from beyond, from the other side, i.e. probably (in Hebrew tradition) from beyond the Euphrates (compare Joshua 24:2,3E), but possibly in fact (if name given in Cannan) from beyond the Jordan;
  • “Eber” h5676 from h5674 “abar”
עָבַר h5674 ʿāḇar (Hebrew – eber)
To pass over, cross, cross over, pass over, march over, overflow, go over:

Moses to Die on Mount Nebo

Deuteronomy 32:48 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses that very same day, saying:
Deuteronomy 32:49 “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Jericho; view the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel as a possession;
Deuteronomy 32:50 and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people (Join your ancestors), just as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people;
  • God shows Moses the promised land from Mount Nemo, and then Moses dies.
  • Deuteronomy 32:48 Then the Lord spoke to Moses … 49 “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Jericho; view the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel as a possession; 50 and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people;
  • Deuteronomy 34:5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. 6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor;
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View of the promised land from Mt. Nebo
Deuteronomy 32:51 because you trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah Kadesh (Lit. Contention at Kadesh), in the Wilderness of Zin, because you did not hallow Me in the midst of the children of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:52 Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.”
  • Ow! Even Moses must suffer the harsh consequence of his sin even though it was he, by the hand of God, who led the people out of Egypt.
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