Moses Concluding Praise of The Lord

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Refuge

As we continue with the list of blessings we see how Zebulon and Issachar would prosper on sea and land (verses 18-19). Gad would deal justly and become powerful (vv. 20-21). Dan’s exploits would be notable (v. 22).  Naphtali would extend its borders (v. 23), and Asher’s terrain would be famous for its oil, iron, and brass (vv. 24-25).

In the concluding verses of this chapter we find that no matter what adversity Israel would encounter, the Lord would be there instantly with power to deliver her (vv. 26-27). Having such a wonderful and powerful God these chosen people could be assured of conquering Canaan and then of living for a while in safety and prosperity (vv. 28-29).

Keep in mind that these words were spoken just before Israel crosses the Jordan into the promised land. Towns and villages would soon spring up and the people would separate into their tribal territories. They would soon be faced with new temptations from idolatrous neighbors and the constant threat of hostile attack would confront them.

When Moses says that “The eternal God is their refuge,” (v. 27) he is speaking to a people who are homeless. They have been dwelling in tents for forty years and He reminds them that God has been their house. “Everlasting arms” refers to those arms whose strength is never exhausted.

Application

God is my refuge and our only true security. It is so easy for me to entrust my life to such things as money, careers and material possessions. However, my only true refuge is the eternal God who always holds out his arms to catch me when the shaky supports that I trust collapse and I fall. Living for God in this world may look risky but in reality it is the godless who are on shaky ground.

Deuteronomy 33:18-29 (English Standard Version)


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