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September 25, 2017

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Reading along with us in Deuteronomy? Here’s today’s reading:

Deuteronomy 33 (ESV)

This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. He said,

“The Lord came from Sinai
    and dawned from Seir upon us;
    he shone forth from Mount Paran;
he came from the ten thousands of holy ones,
    with flaming fire at his right hand.
Yes, he loved his people,
    all his holy ones were in his hand;
so they followed in your steps,
    receiving direction from you,
when Moses commanded us a law,
    as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
Thus the Lord became king in Jeshurun,
    when the heads of the people were gathered,
    all the tribes of Israel together.

“Let Reuben live, and not die,
    but let his men be few.”

And this he said of Judah:

“Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,
    and bring him in to his people.
With your hands contend for him,
    and be a help against his adversaries.”…Continue Reading

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  1. I imagine what it must’ve been like to wait before Moses to hear his blessing upon my family as we wait at the edge of the promised land, Canaan. Finally! We’re here! And now…Moses is pronouncing blessings on each family by name! What will he say about our family? What will be our legacy? How will we be known among all the tribes, among all of God’s people, for generations to come? Those words would be incredibly precious to me.

    I’m thinking now about my branches of the two family trees I’m a part of — my birth family (the Mauldins) and my marriage family (the Quillins). So many spiritual implications.

  2. What was this like for Moses and the people? They had been through so much together. Moses, knowing that he is advanced in age and realizing God is prohibiting him from going into the promised land, the regret and expectation that would be in his heart about the next steps for him and the people. And the people coming before him, the man who has been their leader, the voice of God, the one through whom He has done tremendous miracles. I am thinking about the initial words of a Frank Sinatra song…yes the end is near, he faces the final curtain, but for the most part He has done it God’s way.

    What Moses declares for the people is interesting as well as how much he says. He leaves the longest blessing for the Levites, which is Moses’ tribe, and Joseph, maybe because unlike any other tribe, Joseph is the reason why the Israelites are here. He preserved Israel in Egypt but that created the need for them to travel back to the promised land. And after blessing the tribes, Moses then recognizes God and all the things He is, the things that He has done and the things He will do to make Moses blessings even possible.

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