Moses' prophetic song based on the people's foreknown fall
We have the prophetic
song, which is based on the foreknown fall of the people.
First, it declares the perfectness of Jehovah, whatever
may take place; it is Israel who have corrupted
themselves (compare Ps. 22: 3. Christ can say,
"Why?") At the same time (ver. 8) we have an
all-important declaration; namely, that God, in His
government of the world, had made Israel the centre, and
had arranged the nations of the earth, in their various
localities, as having respect to the bounds of Israel as
being the first object of those ways. For His earthly
people are Jehovah's portion, His inheritance upon earth.
But Jeshurun (Israel) waxed fat, and kicked, and forsook
the Rock of his strength. Consequently God moves them to
jealousy with those that are not a people. It is the call
of the Gentiles, according to Romans 10: 19.
God's ways with
Israel and the Gentiles
nevertheless, falls upon Israel, so that God would have
destroyed them, had not the glory of His name hindered
Him, for the Gentiles proved themselves perfectly wicked.
Then, the people being distressed, without strength and
without hope, He remembers them, and finally takes
vengeance on their enemies, those idolatrous Gentiles.
But, though avenging Himself, it is then that, having
restored His people Israel, He will cause the Gentiles to
rejoice in Him.
Israel yet to be
restored, and God's mercy shown to His land and His
This principle is true
already; but the testimony it furnishes will be fully
accomplished when Israel is again restored to the
enjoyment of the promises; when God will manifest His
mercy towards His land, as well as towards His people.
The whole course of His dealings, in respect of the
people who form the centre of His ways upon earth, is
thus fully brought out. Afterwards, Moses puts obedience
(the great end of this book, Israel being placed under
the condition of obedience for continuance in the
enjoyment of the promises) before them again, and reminds
them that thereby they would prolong their days in the
land which they were going up to possess.
Moses' sight of
At last poor Moses has to
go up Mount Nebo, to see the land into which he cannot
enter, not having answered the requirement of the glory
of God in the wilderness, nor sanctified His name by
faith. It is the unavoidable consequence of the just
government of God towards a servantI mean under the
law. He does not get into the enjoyment of the promise. A
single fault deprives him of it.