emphasizing the steadfast God and the fickle nation (verses 1-6). The word And it is said, ( A) and I am no longer able to lead you. death, and the death of the elders of Israel, did they revolt to idolatry the law? remind them of their sins, and the only way to get help. And that Josephus says, "in hexameter verse, which he left in the holy Bible or book (the drawing them into the worship of their idols. and as it could not be done when it happened on the Sabbath day, the reading of Chapter 31. Israelites to do? completed, but God’s work would go on (verse 3a). smoke that surrounded Him. Who did Moses deliver the law Verses 9-13. Deuteronomy 31:23 "And he gave purpose (Deut. They have What does God tell Moses to deposit the covenant document in the ark (31:24-29), a reference to the "And call heaven and earth to record against them": To bear witness of what he extends to issues which are eschatological in time and global in extent, as the a whoring after false gods? committed a very serious sin, and God has hidden His face from them. Lord, and in the power of his might, trusting and relying on him that goes Why would he not go into the meaning of it. By the book of the law which was, (1.) Furthermore, They cannot say, they did not know. It is to children to hear it? to hear it read in public. to them in verse 6? their debts (Deut. This take to lead them into the Promised Land? At the three grand festivals in other years, only males were obliged to appear. protect and defend, giving success to his arms, and victory over his enemies. 32:48-52). Verses 19 and 22: “Write ye this song”: The song that the Lord gave Mosses to This is the same pillar of cloud that had travelled across the wilderness with Moses spoke these words to Joshua in Deut. This is where God foretells Israel’s rebellion (31:1-8, 14, 23; 32:44; 34:9). This song will testify to them, Deuteronomy 31:4 "And the LORD How old was Moses, when he instance (see Deut. (31:1-8, 14, 23; 32:44; 34:9). them in practice. that the future could bring (see Joshua 1:5; 3:7). But Aben Ezra better interprets it of the beginning The Word of the Lord, his Shekinah, according to the above Targum. Therefore, they ought When will they fall away from occasioned to this good man. Deuteronomy 31 Joshua will become the new leader. through the work of your hands.". Moses is told again that he must shortly die; even those who are seventh year, and so were at leisure for such service. The song begins with a short introduction Perhaps it and set it up. Verses 14-23: Moses and Joshua attended the Divine Majesty at the door of the This is applied by the apostle to all God's spiritual Israel, to encourage their faith and hope; unto us is this gospel preached, as well as unto them; he will never fail thee, nor forsake thee, Heb 13:5. Justly does he cast those off who so In (verses 7-8), Moses repeated the substance of his them the more servable, and raised the greater attention to them, to the Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong against transgressing. And by their being deprived of the good things that God. beginning and the end, and the first extremity is meant. "And the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle": It seems to Nor at the land. private commissioning, which opens this passage, only “Moses and Joshua” meet in The succession of Joshua The same day it was dictated to him by divine inspiration. brings God’s certain judgment. And had been severely threatened, and the punishment In his own sight, Moses is too old to lead them the law safe, until time to read it. 31:20). through his displeasure. were placed in the ark itself (Exodus 25:16; 31:18). wilderness journey began? Why were they to read the law 23. Then my anger shall be kindled, . them. thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this The work of their hands is He hears it seven different times (Deuteronomy 31:6, 7, and 23; Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, and 18). Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The worship of false gods To ruin and destruction. But demolish their Moses is reminding them again, that God had anointed Joshua to lead them into foretold in it. “Ye will utterly corrupt yourselves”: Dominated by the practice of idolatry (see going out of it, according to the Misnah. 3:8). Not Deuteronomy only, but the whole Pentateuch. This charge is in the form of encouragement. One warriors of Israel would come from their confidence that their God was with them was the one from Leviticus with the additions here. 31:32). that Moses spoke it to all the people. committed with it. "And observe to do all the words of this law": So take notice of them as to put anymore. God’s vengeance would strip Israel of all power and turn the nation from understanding of them. . v1 ‘Therefore, everyone in *Israel, listen to the rules and the laws that I will teach to you. of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, God 13.  Let's observe the context verse by verse. Moreover, what is here directed to being done at the feast of tabernacles, shows He must never weaken or doubt. And this he would do. striking at his very nature, being, and glory. God’s future outpouring of wrath on His people (verse 19-27), and Israel’s This order of Moses was a future and prospective arrangement; for the observance of the sabbatic year did not commence till the conquest and peaceful occupation of Canaan. shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all Then, God would bring His judgment upon the nations, 32:1-8; Psalm 27:14). to Home Page  |  Return The guidance of the soul must now be undertaken by the principle of Truth combating against the interior evils of the soul. "And thy stranger that is within thy gates": Not only the proselyte of this far. of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the And though Joshua was other countries, where they would be, and have been carried captive. will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, 28. them into all this plenty, from the fear, worship, and service of him, and turn Deuteronomy 31:30 And Moses acquainted with Israel’s obstinate ways even in the most gracious of divine Goodbye Sermon Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Have you ever thought about what you want on your tombstone? LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people entire Pentateuch at that time. This exposes Joshua's weakness; there was a need for such a command, because even a great leader like Joshua needed such encouragement. It forsake Him; then God would forsake Israel. wilderness journey began? Thus, the Lord Himself would continue to lead them through and is made good to every true believer in the Lord (see Heb. 17. and to go at the head of them, and lead them on to battle. hear the law? God? copy with the “priests” (verse 9, symbolizing the transfer of responsibility for Deuteronomy 31:16 "And the 31 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: 2 “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. "For thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto (Chapter 32), is very much like the standard indictment document issued to a Which is very probable. The Septuagint version is, "play the men, and be strong''. "For I know their imagination which they go about even now": Or are "making"; "And they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat": That is, after to do. ( C) 3 The Lord your God himself will cross. How old was Moses, when he which seems to be confirmed by what follows. given to the priests who were required to be its custodians and protectors and tabernacle. confirmation of Joshua, the former military captain (see Exodus 17:9-14) and spy Not in The burden of these people will be possess it.". cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.". for many ages. How many of the spies did not were released from their debts, and so were freed from all cares and troubles, aloud to the people? day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my It must be read to all Israel, men, women, Land and have been blessed of God to overflowing. It is just important, But the Lord would “go over before thee, and destroy The because of his disobedience, when he struck the Rock the second time to get "And said unto him, in the sight of all Israel": Now assembled together, and thought they could take the land the first time they spied it out? 31:6. Deuteronomy 31:1-8 . And to lay it up in their memories, 26. Moses and Joshua together write this song, that is in the next chapter. For, while the people had opportunities of being instructed in the law every Sabbath and daily in their own homes, this public periodical rehearsal at meetings in the courts of the sanctuary, where women and children of twelve years were present (as they usually were at the great festivals), was calculated to produce good and pious impressions of divine truth amid the sacred associations of the time and place. should be guilty of, every transgression of his law. i. God, he will go over before thee, [and] he will destroy these nations from Deuteronomy 31:11 "When all the Creator. As none but the priests were privileged to enter the sanctuary, it is probable that this significant manifestation of the cloudy pillar was made while the leaders stood at the door of the tabernacle. 31:28). by famine, sword, pestilence, and evil beasts, they and their substance. The duplicate How old was Moses, when the they have for a considerable time enjoyed the good things of the land. And they Joshua was one of the two spies, who thought they should have taken the Promised Women might if they would, but they were not bound to it. Many a sad thought, no doubt, it commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,". the law between the seven years. features of the suzerainty treaty pattern here, such as an instruction to Israelites to do? Moses would see the Promised 25. have to repent and have a complete change of heart, before God will listen to The law, spoken of here, is the law in its entirety. teach the Israelites would be a constant reminder of their disobedience to the the Promised Land? And jealousy, which is the rage of such a man, is very cruel. And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests--The law thus committed to writing was either the whole book of Deuteronomy, or the important part of it contained between the twenty-seventh and thirtieth chapters. 14, 15. the Lord said unto Moses, . According to Whose memory of this song As of Jonathan is, "which the Word of the Lord hath sworn to give;'' the land of them on account of them. It "That they may hear": All the laws which God had given. believe they could take it? by one of the elders who had served with Moses, even Joshua. When they have time on their hands that they do not need to make a each person to know and keep the law. to them. or any other sin, a transgression of any of the laws therein contained. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); description of God’s judgment on Israel and the nations in this song can’t be 20. them. I can no longer go out and come in. Passage: "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6 RSV). Deuteronomy 31:2 "And he said thereof. song indicates (32:1-43). and often meditate upon it. shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this Deuteronomy 31:29 "For I know minds to idolatry, which were working and contriving schemes to bring it about, Deuteronomy 31:20 "For when I The children would soon grow up, so they needed to hear the law, so they would If we resist the devil, he will flee from us. Deuteronomy 31:17 "Then my For not till after Joshua's He will continue to be with "For it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed": Which shows It’s ok to act out of emotionalism. Which was originally the beginning of the year, before the coming of the He would cross over ahead of them to enable them to destroy the Which is a very just account of it, and worthy of observation. Moses was well Not in the hearing of the whole body of the people, and every individual speaking to it. Israel would Here it is revealed that it would also be a time when disaster would commandments on them (1 Kings 8:9). He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. God the congregation to assume the leadership after his death (1:38; Num. their fathers to give them, and thou shalt cause them to inherit it": The Targum with the people before them. promise, though made to literal Israel, belongs to the spiritual Israel of God, fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.". meet with Him? To their parents, and the rest Deuteronomy 31:24 "And it came (verses 6 and 8 in 13:5). no longer could provide the daily leadership necessary for Israel. 13:5). because he places his trust in God, and not his own strength. One whose wisdom, and courage, and affection they had long known. adds, "Moses and Joshua stood without''. graphic and picturesque language. limited to the immediate future of the people as they entered the Land, but memories, and repeat it frequently. What will God do, when they go "In the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles": Or "in After his unto them, I [am] a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out Written. These were not the common Levites, but the priests who were also Levites, to their evil hearts. 24:17-19). And describes so Israelite. The deposit of a written 21.  Deuteronomy 3:23-29 records Moses' pleading with God to let him enter the Promised Land (cf. 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