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The Farewell Song (12 of 13)
Deuteronomy 31:1-32, 52
We are coming to the final section in our study of the book of Deuteronomy. I would remind you of the basic outline of Deuteronomy. In the first three chapters Moses calls the people to take the backward look, and they reflect upon God's blessings and God's guidance in their life as they look backward.
In chapters 4 through 11 he has called them to take the inward look. Those chapters are a call to holiness of life, a life set apart and dedicated to the Lord.
In chapters 12 through 30 he has given them the forward look. He is preparing them to go into the land which God had promised to give them.
When you get to chapter 31 and go to the end of the book, chapter 34, you have the upward look. Moses is getting ready to go to heaven. His journey is complete. His task, his assignment, has been fulfilled. He is going to heaven. He is taking the upward look.
Moses has given the people a series of farewell sermons. That's the substance of the book of Deuteronomy. Now, as he has completed these sermons, he is going to give them a new leader. He's going to call attention to their new leader, and he's going to give them a song which God gives him to write. It is not a song of praise, as normally we would find in the Bible, but rather, it is a song of warning.
If you will look at verse 16 in this chapter it says, "And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring," that is, they will prostitute themselves, "after the gods of the strangers of the land, to which they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them."
The Lord told Moses ahead of time what was going to happen. We know that that is exactly what happened. They got into the land. They prostituted themselves with other gods.
They apostatized. The word apostasy means a departure fro ...
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