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.
This is a beautiful parting song of Moses, just before he dies. He is passing the torch to Joshua who will be his successor. I love the picture here of his desire to teach the people until the very end. It is the heart I want to have, the heart I pray I will have.
Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
That Rock is none other than Jesus Christ. We must never forget what He has done for us, what he continues to do for us, and how He will always direct us, as long as we are constantly ‘mindful’ of Him.
“For they are a nation void of counsel, Nor is there any understanding in them.
The counsel Moses is referring to here, is the counsel of the Lord. I am afraid that we have become a nation void of counsel and understanding. I wish it were not so.
“Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Jericho; view the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel as a possession;
Moses was not allowed to go into the promised land because he had misrepresented the Lord by striking the rock when the Lord said to speak to the rock (Numbers 20:7-12). I will never forget the first time I stood on the shores of the Dead Sea, and our tour guide pointed out Mount Nebo, and I realized that it was from this vantage point, that Moses saw the promised land. It was surreal!
1 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
This is the final blessing of Moses upon the children of Israel. You will notice that one of the tribes, the sons is missing. See if you can figure out which one and why. Genesis 49:5-7 should give you a good idea.
So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. 6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.
Imagine having God bury you, I wonder what that funeral service looked like. I believe that the reason the Lord didn’t tell anyone where He buried the body of Moses is because He knew that they would make a shrine around the site and worship him. This is always mans tendency, to worship the creature rather than the Creator. Jude 1:9 gives us an interesting look into one of the things that happened after Moses’s death.