"Complete Commentary on Deuteronomy 32:4". They had forsaken God, and been very liberal in their sacrifices to idols, had brought to their altars the fat of their sacrifices and the wine of their drink-offerings, which they supposed their deities to feed upon and on which they feasted with them. 4. That I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this. is not he thy father that hath bought thee? 52Yet thou shalt see the land before thee but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:39-43. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For their vine—. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. For their vine, that is, Israel's, is of the vine of Sodom, Deuteronomy 32:32,33. He keeps a record of it both in his own omniscience and in the sinner's conscience and this is sealed up among his treasures, which denotes both safety and secresy: these books cannot be lost, nor will they be opened till the great day. I. Deuteronomy 32:18. There is nothing got by forgetting God. The solemn delivery of this song to the children of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:44,45. God called them his vineyard, his pleasant plant, Isaiah 5:7. Palestine bear to its inhabitants all that heart could wish, and for a long time, while they were faithful to God, they lived in the midst of plenty. They were devils. One would have thought that a people under so many obligations to their God, in duty, gratitude, and interest, would never have turned from him but, alas! All other things are the mere cloud that hovers on the mountain’s brow; but —. For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, Deuteronomy 32:32,33. Very offensive, and displeasing to God, bitter as gall. So here, his arm begins to awake as in the days of old against the wrath of the enemy, Psalm 138:7. In consideration of this, Mercy prevails for the sparing of a remnant and the saving of that unworthy people from utter ruin: I feared the wrath of the enemy. And is not this also a true description of God’s love and kindness to you and to me, beloved in the Lord? To strange gods, that could not pretend to have done them any kindness, or laid them under any obligation to them, gods that they had no knowledge of, nor could expect any benefit by, for they were strangers. They were such as were no gods at all, but mere counterfeits and pretenders their names the invention of men's fancies, and their images the work of men's hands. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. II. 2. There is nothing new in religion that is true. And herein also Canaan was a figure of the heavenly inheritance for, as it was from eternity proposed and designed for all God's spiritual Israel, so they are, in time (and it is a work of time), fitted and made meet for it, Colossians 1:12. God’s children have spots,—the spot caused, by sin, which are recognized, mourned over, and struggled against by them; the ungodly have the same sort of spots but they have no repentance concerning the sin which causes them. For the LORD shall judge his people and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. Judgment signifies both prudence and justice. A high charge exhibited against the Israel of God, whose character was in all respects the reverse of that of the God of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:5. Now in all this, let us try to see ourselves. Of an irresistible power, which cannot be controlled: Neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand those that I have marked for destruction. They were planted a choice vine, wholly a right seed, but by sin had become the degenerate plant of a strange vine (Jeremiah 2:21), and not only transcribed the iniquity of Sodom, but outdid it, Ezekiel 16:48. And the Lord has been doing this with many here — apparently casting them off, only that, when they fall, underneath them may be the everlasting arms. 21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. The Targum of Uzzielides paraphrases it thus: When the Word of the Lord shall reveal himself to redeem his people, he shall say to all people, See that I now am what I am, and have been, and I am what I will be, which we know very well how to apply to him who said to John, I am he who is, and was, and is to come, Revelation 1:8. A promise of the destruction of their enemies and oppressors at last, and the glorious deliverance of a remnant of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:36-43. Now what a bright and amiable idea does this Deuteronomy 34:4 give us of the God whom we worship and what reason have we then to love him and fear him, to live a life of delight in him, dependence on him, and devotedness to him! (Isaiah 55:10,11), and depend not upon the wisdom or will of man, Micah 5:7. Mindfulness of God would prevent sin, but, when the world is served and the flesh indulged, God is forgotten and can any thing be more base and unworthy than to forget the God that is the author of our being, by whom we subsist, and in whom we live and move? One after another, they trampled down the holy city, and let them see that God could use the nations that they despised to be a scourge upon them. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. The similitude was touched, Exodus 19:4, I bore you on eagles' wings here it is enlarged upon. they turned aside quickly. 1. He knows both what the vine is and what the grapes are, what is the temper of the mind and what are the actions of life. II. 2. 48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, 49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: 50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: 51Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. This is such monstrous villany as all the world will cry shame of: call a man ungrateful, and you can call him no worse. He bespeaks their acceptance and entertainment of it, and that it might be as sweet, and pleasant, and welcome to them as rain to the thirsty earth, Psalm 72:6. They grew fat, that is, they grew big and unwieldy, unmindful of business, and unfit for it dull and stupid, careless and senseless and this was the effect of their plenty. by this means he took time to instruct them, and gave them commandments as they were able to receive them. The particular judgments here threatened are, (1.) Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Whatever judgments are brought upon sinners, it shall go well with the people of God in this let Jews and Gentiles rejoice together. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? In it, he reminds the people that if they sin in Eretz Yisrael they will be punished with exile. 22For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. All his ways are judgment. 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