In my previous post The Song of Moses 2, I showed how Moses prophesied how Israel’s true character would be revealed in the last days. The Old Covenant stated that if they obeyed Yahweh, only then would they be His children. However, most of them would end up not behaving like the Children of God, regardless of their genealogy.
Israel had taken it for granted that being ‘the chosen people’ gave them a free ticket to do whatever they could get away with. But they were not exempt from the terrible consequences of their sins. They would be held accountable and The Song of Moses prophesied this fact. It was a Covenantal Lawsuit song that laid out how Israel would be judged in the last days. But it was also a song that gave hope to those who would repent.
- Would Israel forget Yahweh?
Yahweh had given Israel the name Jeshurun, which is a poetic name which means, straight or upright in Hebrew.
In my previous post, we saw how being upright was one of Yahweh’s character traits mentioned in verse 4 of the song. Yahweh provided for Israel abundantly. But once Israel became fat due to that abundance most of them, but not all would abandon Him and His Law and would go after gods from other nations. As a result, Yahweh called them crooked and twisted in verse 5 which is the opposite of what Jeshurun meant in Hebrew.
But the next line in the song is so prophetic “scoffed at the Rock of his salvation”. In Strongs 5034 the word ‘scoffed’ is nabel in Hebrew which means senseless and foolish and the Hebrew word for ‘salvation’ is Yeshua.
The Song of Moses continues:
15 “But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked;
you grew fat, stout, and sleek;
then he forsook God who made him
and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation
16 They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;
with abominations, they provoked him to anger.
17 They sacrificed to demons that were no gods,
to gods, they had never known,
to new gods that had come recently,
whom your fathers had never dreaded.
18 You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you,
and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
So here we have Moses prophesying that the crooked and twisted from Israel would treat the Rock of Jeshurun’s Salvation, Yeshua as being senseless and foolish. That prophecy was fulfilled during Jesus’ ministry years and then into the next 40 years when the Jews persecuted and scoffed the early church believers: knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. ~ 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 1:18.
Those early church believers had the very same character traits as Jeshurun, unlike apostate Israel.
One example is when the Jewish authorities falsely accused Jesus of perverting the nation when in fact it was actually them!
And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” ~ Luke 23: 2
Jesus, in fact, told them the complete opposite as He told them to pay to Caesar what belonged to Caesar.
There is also irony in the Song of Moses as Yahweh had already accused Israel of being senseless and foolish Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? in verse 6 of the Song.
Going Back To Egypt
Consequently, Israel caused Yahweh to become jealous and angry when they forgot Him and worshipped other gods instead.
There is no doubt in my mind that Paul was thinking back to these same verses in the song when he wrote Romans 1:22-25:
Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
We see a prime example of this at the foot of Mount Sinai when Moses went up the mountain and came back down to find that they had built a golden calf idol, were drunk, and were dancing around half-naked.
This is how they started! They were still the same people that came out of Egypt 40 years later. However, in their final generation, at the end of the Old Covenant age, they would be sent back to Egypt to become slaves … only this time in ships.
For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” Psalm 95: 10
Yahweh’s Judicial Review
Yahweh was now going hide His face from crooked Israel and He called them a perverse generation.
The Song of Moses continues:
19 “The Lord saw it and spurned them,
because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
20 And he said, ‘I will hide my face from them;
I will see what their end will be,
for they are a perverse generation,
children in whom is no faithfulness.
21 They have made me jealous with what is no god;
they have provoked me to anger with their idols.
Jesus said to the Jewish crowd in Matthew 17:17 “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you?
Peter exclaimed on the Day of Pentecost ‘Be saved from this perverse generation!’ in Acts 2:40.
Paul used these words to describe a Jewish false prophet in Acts 13:10: and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
Paul also warned the Jewish Christians in Acts 20: 30 that other Jews would infiltrate their communities to draw them away from the truth of the Kingdom of God. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus, Peter, and Paul were all thinking of the Song of Moses when they directed those words to the people of Israel. And their audiences would have it known too! I have written more about the perverse generation here.
You can read the next post in this series here.