Deuteronomy 32: The guilt song


This entire chapter appears to be the song of guilt that Moses was commanded to write and teach to the children of Israel so that they would not forget why God forsake them. The song is basically a synopsis of the story so far, starting in Genesis. It’s actually really cool when viewed from this perspective.

In other words:

The Israelites learn a lovely song about how guilty they should all feel for being so horrid.

Favorite bit:

Deuteronomy 32:33 – Their wine is the poison of dragons and the cruel venom of asps.

Least favorite bit:

This song has 52 verses and no choruses.

Most confusing bit:

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou are waxen fat, thou art grown thick, though art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. (who the heck is Jeshurun? Have we heard about him before)

Why I think this song was written at a later time as a convenient way to teach and tell the story:

Deuteronomy 32:44 Joshua the son of  Nun is referred to Hoshea the son of Nun. If this was the same group of people, wouldn't they spell his name the same?

What I wish

It would be cool to actually hear this song sung. Surely someone has put it to music.

My overall impression:

I got the impression that for Moses, at least, God was a real person. No one else could see him, but for Moses, he seemed to walk around the camp and do things. So, again, as in Genesis, it gave me the impression that Moses was schizophrenic and hallucinating.

Moral Lesson Learned:

When trying to guilt people into doing something, try to make it fun too (Deuteronomy 32)