WE REACH the end of the life of Moses today, concluding the Book of Deuteronomy with the Song of Moses, a retelling of the history of the Hebrews, and a prophecy over the tribes of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32 is a key chapter in the Bible because verses 8 and 9 are fundamental to understanding the long-running cosmic war between God and the rebellious fallen angels and the very nature of cosmology. We discuss in more detail the Divine Council, the disinheritance of the nations after the Tower of Babel, and the implications of the existence of small-G gods on Christian doctrine.
- Click here for the Divine Council website, an introduction of the concepts we discussed relating to Deuteronomy 32:8-9
- Click here for the paper “Cosmology and World Order in the Old Testament: The Divine Council as Cosmic-Political Symbol” (link opens PDF document)
- Click here for the paper “On the Origin of Watchers: A Comparative Study of the Antediluvian Wisdom in Mesopotamian and Jewish Traditions”
- Click here for Matthew Henry’s commentary on Deuteronomy 33 (the blessings and prophecies for the tribes)
OUR STUDY nears the end of the life of Moses, as the prophet gives final instructions to Israel before turning them over to Joshua and sending them across the Jordan River into Canaan. We discuss the blessings and curses God promised the people, depending on their faithfulness in following His commands, and the prophecies fulfilled by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Romans as a result of the Israelites “whoring after foreign gods”.
Click here for the Divine Council website, an introduction of the concepts we’ll discuss next time in Deuteronomy chapter 32.
UPDATE 2/10/19: An astute listener pointed out this week that we overlooked chapter 9 of Deuteronomy when we recorded this in 2015, something neither we (nor anyone else, apparently) had noticed before! We corrected that today. For our study on Deuteronomy 9, see GHF #222.
OUR STUDY this week is a reminder of the deadly seriousness of the spiritual war that’s been waged for millennia. Continuing his address to the people on Mount Nebo, Moses reminds the Israelites of the blessings and curses promised by Yahweh, and which they receive depends on how they behave once they enter Canaan and replace the people He will dispossess for them.