Read Moses’ song from Deuteronomy 32:1-43 aloud as a prayer.
Do you remember the context of this sermon/song? What was happening here?
The main context here is that Moses is giving his “farewell address” to the people before he kicks off. In his big goodbye, Moses has’ two predominant themes:
- Remembering vs. forgetting (which we discussed last week)
- Choosing to obey God vs. choosing to disobey (which we’ll talk about tonight.)
Moses returns to these two ideas over and over again in Deuteronomy. In his mind, these are the two big ideas for a new generation to adopt before entering the Promised Land. But, Moses isn’t the only author who uses these themes. We see these ideas repeatedly remind us of God’s faithfulness in the past, and encourage us to keep the covenant. Not only that, but Israel’s failures are usually tied to their forgetfulness and their disobedience to the covenant laws. If you learn anything from Moses’ Book of the Torah, it should be this: Obey God and you will live and prosper, but disobey God and you will suffer and die.”