Text: Deuteronomy 32:1-7
For confidence in and faithfulness toward the Rock of Jacob
For ears to hear the whispered Word
For the Song of life to be in the heart
OUR NORMAL PATTERN is to look to the Old Testament lesson on Saturdays, but this portion of the Song of Moses appointed for today is too rich to pass by. The full song, from when Moses looks into Canaan and dies, is a frank text on both the character of God and of his people, but I wish to focus on two related items: the faithfulness of God and the need for one generation to pass on knowledge to the next.
This moment is the first time that God is referred to as Rock. We have been reading Jesus’ pronouncement regarding the Temple, and here is another reminder: we have no solid foundation except God himself. All other things in life find their true fit on the one foundation, God himself. No philosophy or theology; no religious practice; no political theory; no social program will endure apart from being grounded in the Word of God, who is the one true and sure foundation.
Related to this pronouncement is the call to look to the wisdom of old to ground our lives. Moses’ tells us to “ask your father,” but this is no passing the buck moment; this is a plea that we might ground ourselves in something deeper, richer, more enduring than our own momentary and fleeting wishes and desires. We are a culture that craves authenticity. If you want authenticity, go to the source, go to the wellspring, go to the deep wisdom that swallows up the fashionable theorizing of our day.
At the end of his life, Moses tells us simply—if you wish to know how to live, then anchor yourself to the Rock and pay attention to those who have gone before you. Learn from their wisdom, learn from their errors, but pay attention!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks