“Is He not Your Father?” Deuteronomy 32
1. Moses as a Psalmist
a) Deuteronomy 32
b) Psalm 90
2. Many deep truths to be found
a) About God
b) About God as Father
ESSENTIAL THEOLOGY OF GOD
1“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass.
3 For I proclaim the name of the LORD:
Ascribe greatness to our God.
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He. Deuteronomy 32:1-4
1. Presenting the teachings of Moses
a) Like the rain
b) Like the dew
2. Presenting essential truths about God
a) He is a great God
b) He is the Rock
c) His work is perfect
d) His ways are just
e) He is a God of truth with no injustice
f) He is righteous and upright
GOD’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL
9 For the LORD’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the place of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.
11 As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
12 So the LORD alone led him,
And there was no foreign god with him. Deuteronomy 32:9-12
1. The LORD’s portion is His people
2. What God did for Israel
a) God encircled him
b) He instructed
c) He kept him as the apple of His eye
d) God carried Israel on His wings
e) He alone led him
REASONING WITH ISRAEL
5 “They have corrupted themselves;
They are not His children,
Because of their blemish:
A perverse and crooked generation.
6 Do you thus deal with the LORD,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is He not your Father, who bought you?
Has He not made you and established you? Deuteronomy 32:5-6
1. Corrupted themselves
2. A perverse and crooked generation
3. A foolish and unwise people
4. Two rhetorical questions raised up:
a) Is He not your Father, who bought you?
b) Has He not made you and established you? Deuteronomy 32:6
A STRONG PLEA
44 So Moses came with Joshua the son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
45 Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel,
46 and he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today,
which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law.
47 For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in
the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.” Deuteronomy 32:44-47
1. To set the heart on all the words Moses had taught
2. To be careful to observe all the words of the law
3. It is not an exercise in futility to give full heed
4. Heeding the word of God is life-enriching!
a) Our knowledge of God
b) Our relationship with Him
2. To determine
a) To renew a relationship of faith with God
b) To build a strong relationship with God as Father