Reading Deuteronomy 32
Do you see the rock to the left in the water? The kayak on the left is headed for it. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there. Believe me, my toes know!
Dear Rock lovers,
There is a rock in front of our house in the lake. I am not sure where it came from. When the water is low, during the fall and winter time, you can either see it directly, or when the ice is on the lake you see where it pushes the ice up and it cracks. During the summer I find it usually by accidently walking into it (and not appreciating it, wishing I could remove it), or I sometimes see a duck looking like he is standing on water. I am not sure where it came from, but it is always there, whether I see it or not.
God is described as the Rock in the Bible. He is always there, never changing!
Moses came to know God as his Rock, and so did Israel. But in Deuteronomy 32, Moses writes a song that rehearses the truth about the Rock, and about His people. It is a terrible song in that it speaks of the people’s turning from God, and being disciplined. It is a wonderful song, in that it speaks of God’s love for the people, and His ultimate provision for His people. It is a amazing song, if only the people would respond to the Rock.
Moses starts out Deuteronomy 32:1 (NKJV)
1 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
In other words, this is worth all the world to hear!
In verse 4 he speaks of the Rock, who is perfect, and faithful.
In verse 5 we are introduced to the children of the Rock. You can’t tell they came from the Rock. They do not look like Him, nor act like Him, in fact they turned from the One that loved them, and created them, and cared for them.
Deuteronomy 32:5 (NKJV)
5 “They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation.
In verses 6 through 14 they and we are reminded of God, the Rock, drawing them to Himself and caring for them. But something happened.
Deuteronomy 32:15 (NKJV)
15 “But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; You grew fat, you grew thick, You are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
Their prosperity became a curse for them. They forgot their desperate need for God, and “Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.” Deuteronomy 32:15 (NLT)
Deuteronomy 32:18 (NLT)
18 You neglected the Rock who had fathered you; you forgot the God who had given you birth.
The remainder of the song, speaks of how God will discipline His people, and is hopeful of their return to Him, to remember the Rock. He has always been there, they just hadn’t looked for Him, or trusted Him. The Rock will ultimately take care of His people, protecting them from any more harm. (verses 39-43).
This isn’t your normal worship/praise song, yet it accomplishes what a song of worship should do. It reveals who God is, and our need to lift Him up and show His Worth, and praise Him. At the time of this writing, the birth of the nation was what they needed to remember, and the ONE that birthed them, but they forgot.
Today, it is our salvation that we must never lose sight of. How you and I came to be born again from above, must be forever before us! Come to the cross daily. Review what God has done for you and I, through the shed blood of our Lord, His death, His burial, and His resurrection!
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
I Peter 2:7-8 affirms to us the Jesus is the Rock. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He, Jesus, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His love for you never changes. He doesn’t take away your forgiveness. He doesn’t take away your inheritance. He is forever ours, the Rock!
Let’s not forget Him in our “prosperity”. You are not enjoying prosperity? Try living in parts ofAfricaright now. We are living in prosperity. It is a dangerous thing.
Worship Him today!
You say, you have trouble seeing Him? He is there! Like that rock in our lake, He is there. Look for what He has already done for you, and I think you might be better able to see Him. Keep reviewing His act of love for you on the cross, again and again….! And receive Him today if you haven’t already!
Loving the Rock!