Deuteronomy 33* The glorious majesty of God. (1-5) The blessings of the twelvetribes. (6-23) Strength to believers. (24,25) The excellency ofIsrael. (26-29)1-5 To all his precepts, warnings, and prophecies, Moses addeda solemn blessing. He begins with a description of the gloriousappearances of God, in giving the law. His law works like fire.If received, it is melting, warming, purifying, and burns up thedross of corruption; if rejected, it hardens, sears, pains, anddestroys. The Holy Spirit came down in cloven tongues, as offire; for the gospel also is a fiery law. The law of God writtenin the heart, is a certain proof of the love of God shed abroadthere: we must reckon His law one of the gifts of his grace. 6-23 The order in which the tribes are here blessed, is not thesame as is observed elsewhere. The blessing of Judah may referto the whole tribe in general, or to David as a type of Christ.Moses largely blesses the tribe of Levi. Acceptance with God iswhat we should all aim at, and desire, in all our devotions,whether men accept us or not, #2Co 5:9|. This prayer is aprophecy, that God will keep up a ministry in his church to theend of time. The tribe of Benjamin had their inheritance closeto mount Zion. To be situated near the ordinances, is a preciousgift from the Lord, a privilege not to be exchanged for anyworldly advantage, or indulgence. We should thankfully receivethe earthly blessings sent to us, through the successiveseasons. But those good gifts which come down from the Father oflights, through the rising of the Sun of righteousness, and thepouring out of his Spirit like the rain which makes fruitful,are infinitely more precious, as the tokens of his special love.The precious things here prayed for, are figures of spiritualblessing in heavenly things by Christ, the gifts, graces, andcomforts of the Spirit. When Moses prays for the good will ofHim that dwelt in the bush, he refers to the covenant, on whichall our hopes of God's favour must be founded. The providence ofGod appoints men's habitations, and wisely disposes men todifferent employments for the public good. Whatever our placeand business are, it is our wisdom and duty to apply thereto;and it is happiness to be well pleased therewith. We should notonly invite others to the service of God, but abound in it. Theblessing of Naphtali. The favour of God is the only favoursatisfying to the soul. Those are happy indeed, who have thefavour of God; and those shall have it, who reckon that inhaving it they have enough, and desire no more. 24,25 All shall be sanctified to true believers; if their waybe rough, their feet shall be shod with the preparation of thegospel of peace. As thy days, so shall thy strength be. The"day" is often in Scripture put for the events of the day; it isa promise that God would graciously and constantly support undertrials and troubles, whatever they were. It is a promise sure toall the spiritual seed of Abraham. Have they work allotted? Theyshall have strength to do it. Have they burdens appointed? Theyshall have strength, and never be tempted above what they areable to bear. 26-29 None had such a God as Israel. There is no people likethe Israel of God. What is here said of the church of Israel isto be applied to the spiritual church. Never were people so wellseated and sheltered. Those who make God their habitation, shallhave all the comforts and benefits of a habitation in him, #Ps91:1|. Never were people so well supported and borne up. How lowsoever the people of God are at any time brought, everlastingarms are underneath them, to keep the spirit from sinking, fromfainting, and their faith from failing. Divine grace issufficient for them, #2Co 12:9|. Never were people so wellcommanded. Thus believers are more than conquerors over theirspiritual enemies, through Christ that loved them. Never werepeople so well secured and protected. Israel shall dwell insafety alone. All who keep close to God, shall be kept safe byhim. Never were people so well provided for. Every trueIsraelite looks with faith to the better country, the heavenlyCanaan, which is filled with better things than corn and wine.Never were people so well helped. If in danger of any harm, orin want of any good, they had an eternal God to go to. Nothingcould hurt those whom God helped, nor was it possible the peopleshould perish who were saved by the Lord. Never were people sowell armed. Those in whose hearts is the excellency of holiness,are defended by the whole armour of God, #Eph 6|. Never werepeople so well assured of victory over their enemies. Thus shallthe God of peace tread Satan under the feet of all believers,and shall do it shortly, #Ro 16:20|. May God help us to seek andto set our affections on the things above; and to turn our soulsfrom earthly perishing objects; that we may not have our lotwith Israel's foes in the regions of darkness and despair, butwith the Israel of God, in the realms of love and eternalhappiness.
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