Deuteronomy 33

Deuteronomy 33 has Moses giving his final blessing to the people before He dies.  “This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death”.  He wants one last chance to impact them for his legacy.  He loved these people, stubborn as they were.  And he goes through the list tribe by tribe and gives them the blessing targeted at each one.  They have been together in the wilderness for 40 years now, and Moses knows them well.  And he sends them with his personal blessing to the land God has promised.

Here is the list:

  • Let Reuben live, and not die, but let his men be few
  • Judah: With your hands contend for him, and be a help against his adversaries
  • Levi: They shall teach Jacob your rules and Israel your law
  • Benjamin: The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.
  • Joseph: Blessed by the Lord be his land, with the choicest gifts of heaven above
  • Zebulun: Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out
  • Issachar: shall call peoples to their mountain….they draw from the abundance of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand
  • Gad: Blessed be he who enlarges Gad
  • Dan: is a lion’s cub that leaps
  • Naphtali: sated with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord
  • Asher: Most blessed of sons be Asher; let him be the favorite of his brothers

Moses shared with each tribe – personal and specific, he lets them know the blessing he is asking on their behalf.

He ends the blessing reminding them of the God they serve.  Check out how he describes the God he has walked with these past 40 years:

  • There is none like God
  • rides through the heavens to your help
  • through the skies in his majesty
  • The eternal God is your dwelling place
  • underneath are the everlasting arms
  • he thrust out the enemy before you
  • Israel lived in safety
  • a land of grain and wine
  • whose heavens drop down dew
  • saved by the Lord
  • the shield of your help
  • the sword of your triumph

What a picture of God.  He is still the same and will be forever.

Moses ends by giving them this promise: “Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs”.  That is how Moses sends them into the land God has prepared.  He’s led them well.  Now he blesses them well.  And he gives them a promise to claim as they go into a land that is new.

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