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Deuteronomy 32

Deu 32:1

Heavens/earth = people of Israel: Deu 31:19,30; Isa 14:12n.

Deu 32:5

WARPED AND CROOKED: "Perverse" (KJV). "Perversion: It has an unpleasant, unwholesome ring -- and well it might: turning away from a straightforward, healthy course to deformity and ugliness. It is the natural, inevitable tendency of our sin-cursed flesh. It is not new, though its modern victims proclaim it as the wave of the future. It is as old as the vile Canaanites that Israel was to ruthlessly wipe out to cleanse the land from filth: as old as the bestial Sodomites whom a holy God burned up in a dreadful outpouring of righteous wrath: as old as the gross antediluvians who were swept relentlessly away by the purifying judicial waters to rid God's fair earth of their moral putridness. And now we have the whole earth sinking rapidly down to the same state: every moral vice glorified as virtue. But perversion takes many forms. Man was designed to serve God in total love, total holiness, total devotion. Anything short of that is the perversion of the flesh. Such selfish perversion in those who know -- or should know -- better may be more offensive to God than the ignorant bodily perversion of the dead animal world around us. We can so sink down from the true original ideal that we can't even see our own pitiful perversion for what it is. Let us strive every moment to painfully (but joyfully) work our way back up to where God from the beginning intended the blessed and noble race of mankind to be" (GVG).

Deu 32:6

CREATOR: This meaning is confirmed by the Ugaritic (cp Gen 4:1n; Gen 14:19,22).

Deu 32:7

The temptation of Israel in the desert // temptation of Christ in the desert. Note //s between vv 9-20 and Luk 4:1-13.

Deu 32:9

THE LORD'S PORTION IS HIS PEOPLE: "How are they His? By His own sovereign choice. He chose them, and set His love upon them. This He did altogether apart from any goodness in them at the time, or any goodness which He foresaw in them. He had mercy on whom He would have mercy, and ordained a chosen company unto eternal life; thus, therefore, are they His by His unconstrained election.

"They are not only His by choice, but by purchase. He has bought and paid for them to the utmost farthing, hence about His title there can be no dispute. Not with corruptible things, as with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ [1Pe 1:18,19], the Lord's portion has been fully redeemed. There is no mortgage on His estate; no suits can be raised by opposing claimants, the price was paid in open court, and the Church is the Lord's freehold for ever. See the blood-mark upon all the chosen, invisible to human eye, but known to Christ, for 'the Lord knoweth them that are His'; he forgetteth none of those whom he has redeemed from among men; he counts the sheep for whom he laid down his life, and remembers well the Church for which he gave himself.

"They are also his by conquest. What a battle he had in us before we would be won! How long he laid siege to our hearts! How often he sent us terms of capitulation! but we barred our gates, and fenced our walls against him. Do we not remember that glorious hour when he carried our hearts by storm? When he placed his cross against the wall, and scaled our ramparts, planting on our strongholds the blood-red flag of his omnipotent mercy? Yes, we are, indeed, the conquered captives of his omnipotent love. Thus chosen, purchased, and subdued, the rights of our divine possessor are inalienable: we rejoice that we never can be our own; and we desire, day by day, to do his will, and to show forth his glory" (CHS).

Deu 32:10

THE APPLE OF HIS EYE: In Deu 32:10 and Psa 17:8 lit means the little man or daughter of the eye: a picture in miniature of one's self is seen, as in a mirror, when looking into another person's eye. The ref is then to the pupil, and the surrounding iris.

Deu 32:11

HOVERS OVER: Brooding, as in Gen 1:2 (sw), over the new "creation".

TO CATCH THEM: The method by which eagles teach their young to fly: the parent forces the fledgling from the nest, and then circles underneath to catch it and bear it up on outstretched wings if it flounders. See Lesson, Eagle and its young, the.

Deu 32:13

HONEY FROM THE ROCK: Bee hives among clefts of rocks (LB 299).

OIL FROM THE FLINTY CRAG: Olive trees grow best among hard, flinty rock, among which they sink deep roots. Also, presses to extract oil are carved from rocks: "The rock poured me out rivers of oil" (Job 29:6) (LB 52,53).

Deu 32:17

WHICH ARE NOT GODS: "An idol is nothing" (1Co 8:4,5).

GODS YOUR FATHERS DID NOT FEAR: "Fear" sw "devil / he-goat" in Lev 17:7, identifying "shed" ('demons' here) with "seir" there.

Deu 32:18

The firstborn nation failed; the firstborn son succeeded (Luk 4:1-13).

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