Sunday, January 26 2014
Deuteronomy 33: Moses' Farewell Song and Blessing
"This is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) gave Moses the opportunity to bid his farewell to the people of Israel with a song (see Deuteronomy 32: The Song Of Moses) and a blessing. The song was unique from the time of Moses, while the tribal blessings were ancient - they were known to Jacob / Israel before the tribes of Israel even existed (see Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel and the Fact Finder question below).
"33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God [see also Exodus 2: The Drawing Of Moses and Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush] blessed the children of Israel before his death.
33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.
33:4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
33:5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
33:6 Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few [see Numbers 26: Israel's Jordan Census and Numbers 32: The Israel Of East Jordan].
33:7 And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies [see Genesis 38: The First Jews and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah].
33:8 And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;
33:9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
33:10 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar [see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One, Numbers 3: When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Numbers 18: The Inheritance Of The Levites].
33:11 Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
33:12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders [see Genesis 43: The Benjamin Connection and The Rachel Prophecies].
33:13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
33:14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
33:15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh [see Genesis 42: Joseph's Sheaves and Stars Dreams Fulfilled and Genesis 48: The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh].
33:18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.
33:19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand [see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria].
33:20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.
33:21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel.
33:22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
33:23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.
33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
33:25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
33:26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places." (Deuteronomy 33:1-29 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did Jacob / Israel state the same blessings and prophecies to each of the tribes - while they were yet only his sons?
See Genesis 49: Jacob's Prophecy To Israel
This Day In History, January 26
66: The comet later known in the modern day as Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) made its fifth perihelion (the point of an orbit that an object is closest to the sun) transit on record.
1340: England's King Edward III was proclaimed king of France.
1500: Spanish explorer Vicente Pinzon discovered Brazil (for Europeans, that is; as was the case for all "new world" discoveries, the native people who were already there needed no "discovery").
1531: A powerful earthquake killed 30,000 people near Lisbon, Portugal.
1564: Church of Rome Pope Pius IV issued his Benedictus Deus at the Council of Trent. Included in the decree was an Index of Prohibited Books, a listing of unapproved authors and their publications. Also issued was the Tridentinum that supposedly established a distinction between the Church of Rome and Protestantism (most of their doctrines are actually the same; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1699: The Peace of Karlowitz ended the war between Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and Austria.
1788: The first settlers from England, including a group of exiled convicts, arrived at Sydney, Australia.
1841: A few days after China conceded the island to Britain, the British flag was raised on Hong Kong.
1891: German engineer Nikolaus Otto died. He was a prime developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine that was to power the automobile.
1905: The world's largest diamond, weighing over 3,106 carats, was discovered near Pretoria, South Africa. It became known as the Cullinan diamond.
1924: The Russian city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad.
1926: Television was first publicly demonstrated.
1934: Germany signed a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland. It ended with the German invasion of Poland a little over 5 years later (in September of 1939) which began the Second World War (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1949: The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory began operation under the direction of Edwin Hubble. It was the largest aperture optical telescope at the time (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1950: India became an independent republic with Jawarhalal Nehru as Prime Minister.
1965: Hindi was proclaimed the official language of India.
1980: Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1992: Russian leader Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would cease routinely targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
1998: During a nationally-televised Presidential address, Bill Clinton denied having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2001: Over 20,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Gujarat, India.