God’s Kindness to Israel

Sep 20, 2015

הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי־פִי׃

Give ear, O heavens, let me speak; Let the earth hear the words I utter!

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Deuteronomy 32:1

חֶמְאַת בָּקָר וַחֲלֵב צֹאן עִם־חֵלֶב כָּרִים וְאֵילִים בְּנֵי־בָשָׁן וְעַתּוּדִים עִם־חֵלֶב כִּלְיוֹת חִטָּה וְדַם־עֵנָב תִּשְׁתֶּה־חָמֶר׃

Curd of kine and milk of flocks; With the best of lambs, And rams of Bashan, and he-goats; With the very finest wheat— And foaming grape-blood was your drink.

Deuteronomy 32:14

The song of Moses begins by calling on the heavens and the earth to bear witness to the teachings within. Moses describes God’s greatness in detail. Unlike His children, God is not corrupt. He is perfect and His works are perfect. He is Father and Master to the universe, He created and formed the whole world.

 

Moses says the knowledge of God shall be passed from generation to generation, each bearing witness to the fact that God set the land of Israel for the Children of Israel, that He apportioned it according to the numbers of each tribe, that He cared for the Israelites and showered them with blessings.

 

The Israel Bible explains that while man’s life is fleeting, heaven and earth are eternal. It is for this reason that Moses chooses to call them as witnesses. It is fitting that they should attest to the fulfilment of God’s word, no matter how long it takes.

 

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Moses calls the Children of Israel “the lot of [God’s] inheritance”. What do you think that means?

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