Deuteronomy 33:1-5 – A Great & Mighty God and Little Ole Me

Posted: May 6, 2017 in Book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 33:1-5

Prologue to the Blessing of the Tribes

 

Have you ever really thought about what God has done for you in your life? Not that He owes us anything but think about how He has delivered you and then think about who God is vs. who we are!

 

When I think about the fact that God is the Creator of the universe, it blows me away. He spoke the universe into being. He was the big bang that started the universe. All the scientists in the world right now in ignorance cannot admit that a universe built on cause and effect had an original external cause. It was God. He spoke it into being. He was the cause to which the whole universe has been reacting (effecting) ever since. God exists outside the temporal place of time and space that we understand. We only understand the physics of time, space, and matter because we are the created. We have no knowledge of anything greater than the plane of existence on which we exist. Whoa, that’s so deep! To accept that there was an external force that started the big bang into motion is to accept that there is a God. Everything that flows from that moment is then of God, created by God. That’s the God I worship. The God who started this whole thing. The God who is so the ultimate of knowledge, power and love and perfection that He can just will a universe into being. That’s my God.

 

Then, you think on the one hand that there is this all powerful God and there is no one, no thing, nothing that is greater than He is, the mighty centrality to all existence, knows who I am and that He also loves me in ways that I cannot comprehend. That love for me (and all of the rest of mankind for that matter) drove Him to do something radical. He solved the sin issue. God is perfection and perfection is sinlessness and purity. We are sinners from Day 1 because of the fallen nature that we have inherited from our ancestors dating all the way to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. I was born with a sin nature. I most likely committed my first sin before I was 2 years old. Add to that, I went on to live a life of sin. I thought I was a generally good person, even a martyr at times for dealing with some of the sins of others in my life. But I was no more than a sinner than who had not really hurt anybody yet. But as life progressed and anger and my sin nature collided, my sin life exploded into seeking what made me feel good because I deserved it and could justify it in the court of public opinion. All of these things, I did not recognize as sins until the Holy Spirit showed me who I really was one night in December 2001. I was sinner who by the weighty evidence against me should be condemned to hell. I had no defense. I was what the Holy Spirit said I was – a sinner condemned to hell.

 

But God, the magnificent God that He is, knows me and all other sinners and loves us. He solved the problem of His sinlessness and our inability to be in His presence before of our sin. He solved through His Son. He sent His Son to live the perfect, sinless life among us and to show us how to seek the kingdom of God. He also sent His Son to be the final sacrifice for sin, once and for all. He poured out all His wrath for all sins of all mankind for all time, past, present and future, out on His Son (who was a willing participant in this process) so that you or I do not have to suffer the penalty for our sins. We may have to suffer the consequences of our sins but through Jesus we do not have to pay the penalty for our crimes. All I have to do is believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, part of the Holy Trinity of God, and that He died on the cross for my sin and that He proved who He was by arising from the dead so that I would have victory over my sin and my own death.

 

That a mighty God who created the universe, all the stars in it, all the planets in it, and all the people on earth (and maybe elsewhere in the universe) cares enough about me to send His Son for me, blows my mind. That He knows every hair on my head is awe-inspiring. To know that He cares that much for gives me great love, affection and respect and honor. To know that He sent His Son for me fills me with thanksgiving. It also fills me with a sense of responsibility. Since I am saved by His grace, I have a responsibility to be a beacon unto the world so that others come to know this mighty God who did this mighty thing that loves them personally.

 

That’s what I thought of this morning when I read Deuteronomy 33:1-5. I thought about how Israel by all rights should not be receiving blessings from God. They were a rebellious people, but God made them His people – not because of what they had done but because of His Sovereign choice. That’s what this passage is about:

 

33 This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death. 2 He said:

 

“The Lord came from Sinai

    and dawned over them from Seir;

    he shone forth from Mount Paran.

He came with myriads of holy ones

    from the south, from his mountain slopes.

3

Surely it is you who love the people;

    all the holy ones are in your hand.

At your feet they all bow down,

    and from you receive instruction,

4

the law that Moses gave us,

    the possession of the assembly of Jacob.

5

He was king over Jeshurun

    when the leaders of the people assembled,

    along with the tribes of Israel.

 

Israel is serving and is subservient to a mighty God. He is a mighty God that chose them to be His special people. They did not deserve this unmerited pleasure of being God’s chosen people. He is mighty. They are weak. He is pure and sinless. They have a sin nature that turns them away from God. To exist in His presence, one must be perfect and sinless. They were imperfect and sin-filled. Why did God chose them to be His people? They did not deserve. We will never know but it was His Sovereign Choice to make them His people.

 

Because of the things that they had seen Him do over the years, all the mighty acts and miracles of God, they were to be His representatives to the rest of the world. They did not deserve to be redeemed as His people and neither do we. But we have the grace. We have been saved by the grace. And we too are to be His representatives to the world. We are to be so different from the world that we draw people unto Him so that He can do His work, that only He can do – the all powerful, mighty God of the universe.

 

 

Amen and Amen.

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