The Song Of Moses 5

In the song of Moses 4 we saw how Yahweh would become jealous and angry when Israel worshipped other gods. However, Yahweh was going to seek revenge i.e ‘an eye for an eye’ and He was going to provoke Israel to jealousy and anger through a people who Israel perceived as being foolish – the New Testament believers.

In this post, we will start to see how Yahweh’s anger would be kindled against unbelieving Israel when they worshipped other gods. Yahweh would give them over to their heart’s desire, and they would suffer the consequences of their rebellion.

“But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:17-18

Throughout the New Testament, we can see that Jewish anger and jealously increase as Israel hardened their hearts when they persecuted the pre-70 AD church.

Anger Kindles A Fire

It’s a Life or Death Decision

In Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Yahweh told the Children of Israel that they had two choices.

  • They could choose life and live by obeying Him.

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,  loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him…”

  • Or else choose death and perish by abandoning the covenant and worshipping other gods.

Curses on the Land

In Deuteronomy 29: 24-28 it was also prophesied that Yahweh would kindle His anger against the land if the people abandoned the covenant and worshipped other gods, “Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book….”

Death = Curses 

His anger would also be kindled against His people in Deuteronomy 31:16-19  “Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured.”

As a result, their names would be blotted out. “The Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven.”~ Deuteronomy 29:20

Life = Eternal Life

However, those who would choose life were promised that their names would not be blotted out of the book of life as it says in Revelation. “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.” ~ Revelation 3:5

Now that you have that background material let’s get back to the song to see how it related to what Jesus said in the gospels and in Revelation.

In verse 22 of the Song of Moses, we see another mention of this anger being kindled as Yahweh’s judgment is announced on unbelieving Israel.

The Song of Moses continues:

22 “For a fire is kindled by my anger,
and it burns to the depths of Sheol,
devours the earth and its increase,
and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.”

In the gospels, just after Jesus had told the people the parable of the rich fool He said “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! ~ Luke 12:49.

  • The word earth in Luke 12 and 21 (Greek strongs  1093. gé) is not referring to planet earth but to a local inhabited civilization or the land of a particular nation i.e Israel.

Towards the end of the Old Covenant age, that fire was kindled causing The War of The Jews. The prophecy Moses gave in Deuteronomy was going to be fulfilled: “Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book.”

And we see that fire thrown to the earth i.e Israel in Revelation 8:5: “Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.”

This fire would devour the people and burn up the very foundations of Israel and end the Old Covenant Age.

The Judgement Decree

The Song of Moses also tells us that the fury of Yahweh would come upon Israel through disasters such as famine, plague, death, and wild beasts.

The Song of Moses continues:

23 “‘And I will heap disasters upon them;
I will spend my arrows on them;
24 they shall be wasted with hunger,”

We also see those disasters detailed in the Covenant curses, the Olivet Discourse, and in the Book of Revelation.

“When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” ~ Revelation 6: 5-6

The Song of Moses continues …

“and devoured by plague
and poisonous pestilence;”

Which is similar to what’s written in Revelation …

“So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image…Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl …and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores;” ~ Revelation 16:2,10,11

The Song of Moses continues …

“I will send the teeth of beasts against them,
with the venom of things that crawl in the dust.”

Which is similar to what’s written in Revelation …

“When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.”  I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.” ~ Revelation 6: 7-8

Trumpet 5: “Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.”

“The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle…They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.” ~ Revelation 9: 4,5,7 & 10.

“For this reason, in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.” ~ Revelation 18:8

The Song of Moses continues …

25 “Outdoors the sword shall bereave,
and indoors terror,
for young man and woman alike,
the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.”

The terror of death and the sword would affect everyone, from the youngest to the oldest in society.

Which is similar to what’s written in Revelation …

“When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.” ~ Revelation 6: 3-4

Now Yahweh was going to fulfill His covenant promise to judge them for the choices that they alone decided to take. For some, their change of heart and choice of life would reward them with the blessings of the Covenant. But the majority hardened their hearts. As a result, Yahweh was going to allow them to experience the consequences of failing to keep the Mosaic Covenant. He was going to kindle that fire against them in Part 6.

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