The Song Of Moses 6

Throughout this Song of Moses sub-series, I have shown how Israel was given time to repent from their idolatry and change their hearts. But they had persistently hardened their hearts in spite of Yahweh being merciful towards them.

In my previous post, I showed how Yahweh was going to fulfill His covenant promises to them in the last days. Yahweh’s fire would be kindled against them and He would judge them for the choices they had made. If they refused to repent and instead chose death, the curses of the covenant would fall on them.

In Numbers 14:15-16 Moses persuaded Yahweh not to destroy the first generation to come out of Egypt due to their rebellion. Likewise, Moses prophesied that in the last days Yahweh would not totally destroy all of Israel. Yahweh would not allow the nations to think that their gods, the lesser elohim were stronger than Him. He didn’t want their adversaries taking the credit for wiping out all of Israel.

The Song of Moses continues:

26 I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces;
I will wipe them from human memory,”
27 had I not feared provocation by the enemy,
lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
lest they should say, “Our hand is triumphant,
it was not the Lord who did all this.”’

This prophecy in v 26-27 would be fulfilled during The War of the Jews as Israel’s adversaries were the legions of the Roman Army under Titus. However, the Jewish historian Josephus and Titus both acknowledged that only Yahweh could have caused the defeat of Jews as their fortification of the city of Jerusalem, and Masada was so effective.

“We have certainly had God for our assistant in this war, and it was no other than God who ejected the Jews out of these fortifications; for what could the hands of men, or any machines, do towards overthrowing these towers!” [1]

Accordingly, they all met with such ends as God deservedly brought upon them in way of punishment; [2]

The Greek author Philostratus wrote that conquering general Titus supposedly refused the victory wreath because he thought there was no merit in vanquishing a people forsaken by their own God. [3]

The Wise and The Foolish

In verses 28 and 29 of the song we are again taken back to the theme of the wise and the foolish.

I have no doubt that Jesus was constantly reminding Israel of the Song of Moses through His parables as the song refers to the wise and the foolish so often. I see this especially in Matthew 7:15-28 where Jesus refers to the false prophets of Israel who were ‘void of council’ and illustrated that with His parable of the wise and foolish builders.

The Song of Moses continues:

28 “For they are a nation void of counsel,
and there is no understanding in them.
29 If they were wise, they would understand this;
they would discern their latter end!

The wise would be on the alert and prepared and John reminded his listeners of this in Rev 17:9: Here is the mind which has wisdom.

However, apostate Israel would be fooled with the deceptive words from their leaders. As a result, they all would be rejected as being the children of God: And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ ~ Matthew 7:23

Stay Alert!

The foolish relied on the council of their corrupt teachers and elders and were living in darkness as Jesus said in John 8:12. As a result, the foolish unbelievers would fail to discern the signs of the times until it was too late as John showed in Revelation 3:3 and after the earthquake in Revelation 11:3. Or else they would be killed before they ever had a chance to discuss the things they had witnessed with others.

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.. ~ Matthew 24:43 – Matthew 25: 1-2. See also Mathew 13:19, Luke 21:34-36, 1Thess 5:2-4, Revelation 3:3 and Revelation 16:15.

There Was A Long-Standing Verdict Against Them

In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with deceptive words. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep. ~ 2 Peter 2:3

The Poison Of False Teaching

Throughout Deuteronomy, Moses warned the people that they and their future generations should only worship God Most High, Yahweh, and not to worship the lesser elohim, the gods of the nations. Some of those gods from the surrounding nations were called Baal-zebub, Gog, Baal-berith, Hadad-rimmon, Tammuz, and Bel-Marduk.

The Song of Moses stated that their rock was not Yahweh God most High, but other gods. So, because they had drunk these other gods’ poison wine, apostate Israel would produce that very same poisonous wine themselves.

The Song of Moses continues:

30 How could one have chased a thousand,
and two have put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
and the Lord had given them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock;
our enemies are by themselves.
32 For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom
and from the fields of Gomorrah;
their grapes are grapes of poison;
their clusters are bitter;
33 their wine is the poison of serpents
and the cruel venom of asps.

In Deuteronomy 29:18 Moses warned the people not to worship other gods: Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit,

Jeremiah also spoke of this corrupt teaching: Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets: “Behold, I will feed them with bitter food and give them poisoned water to drink, for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has gone out into all the land.” ~ Jeremiah 23:15

Paul also spoke of this root and tied it in with being defiled:  See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; ~ Hebrews 12:15

Then in Revelation, we see that bitterness in the form of Wormwood i.e false teaching. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water because it had been made bitter. ~ Revelation 8:11

This leads to Israel’s harlotry with these other gods: Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.” ~ Revelation 14:8

But judgment would eventually come on apostate Israel: “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.~ Revelation 14: 18-19

The Wine of Serpents

Jesus also accused apostate Israel of producing the fruit of serpents “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.  You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. ~ Matthew 12: 33-35 and Matthew 23. (see also John the Baptist)

In the last days of the Mosaic Covenant, the final generation hardened their hearts to such an extent that they abandoned Yahweh and many that had initially believed in Jesus fell away into apostasy due to the teaching of false prophets. Those false prophets were antichrists.

““Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. ~ Matthew 24: 10-12

Please click here to read Part 7.

[1] Josephus’ Wars of the Jews, Book 6, chapter 9 

[2] Josephus’ Wars of the Jews, Book 7, chapter 8

[3] Philostratus, Life of Apollonius

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