“Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with Joshua the son of Nun." Deuteronomy 32:44
In the final moments of Moses’ life, he spoke of the unfailing love, greatness, and faithfulness of the Lord. Moses was well aware of the consequences of his sin, as Moses knew that he would not enter the Promised Land, but that he would only see it from a distance. As Moses spoke the words of the song, he reminded Israel, as a warning, of God righteousness as He dealt with a corrupt, perverse, and stubborn people.
In spite of Israel’s unfaithfulness, the Lord kept His promise and they were the generation that would experience the inheritance. After Moses warned the Israelites that destruction would come upon them if they turned away from the Lord, the Lord instructed Moses to go up to Mount Nebo where he would see the land of Canaan that the Lord was giving to the sons of Israel. Moses was also to die on the mountain.
The Lord greatly loved Moses and although the Lord’s love for him did not diminish, Moses would experience the consequence of his sin because he did not obey the Lord at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, and did not treat the Lord as holy. Even though the consequence of his sin remained, Moses was able to recount the faithfulness and great love of the Lord. Moses used his sinful consequence as a way to warn Israel to love and obey the Lord.
As you think of your journey with the Lord, remember that experiencing the consequences of sin does not diminish the love, faithfulness, and forgiveness from the Lord after genuine repentance. Reflect upon the Lord and offer a song that tells of the Lord’s righteousness and that can also serve as a loving warning to those who may take the faithfulness and forgiveness of God for granted. The Lord is faithful both to keep His promises, which also includes discipline because of disobedience.
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,