Moses: The deliverer, law giver and prophet of God.
Ishmael was sent east to Mount Paran and Esau dwelt in Seir after Jacob fled. God was positioning the children of Abraham and Isaac who were not to live in the land promised to his chosen people. Moses led the children of Israel out of bondage to begin the journey to this land. When on their way God paid them a visit on Mount Sinai.
Before Moses died he prophesied to each of the twelve tribes. First, he reminded them of God’s presence and power. It was God who led by a cloud as they traveled from the wilderness of Sinai to the wilderness of Paran. At night they camped under a pillar of fire. (Numbers 10: 11-13) God spoke to them and they feared hearing His voice, He came with His Holy Law.
“Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir, He shown forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousands of saints; From His right hand came a fiery law for them.” (Deuteronomy 33:1-2) With just a few words a delivered peoples’ history with God is repeated.
Then Moses speaks of the future. He proclaims God’s love for His chosen who will one day sit at the feet of Jesus receiving His words. “Yes, He loves the people; All His saints are in Your hand; They sit down at Your feet; everyone receives Your words.” (vs. 3)
He then address a time when God will call them Jeshurun (an upright people). That time will be when all the tribes are gathered together. “Moses commanded a law to us, a heritage of the congregation of Jacob. And He was King in Jeshurun, when the leaders of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.” (vs. 4-5) Jesus will be the King of an upright people when He opens eyes and Israel recognizes their Messiah, our Jesus. Sadly, not all Israel will be saved.
Isaiah speaks the truth.
We will soon continue with the individual prophesies given to the tribes, but first God’s words to Isaiah.
“Yet hear now, O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have chosen. Thus says the LORD who has made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring; They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.’ One will say, “I am the LORD’s’; Another will call himself by the name of Jacob; Another will write with his hand, “The LORD’S,’ And name himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:1-5)
Sounds like a spiritual revival has been promised to Jacob’s “descendants,” because God says, “I have chosen!”
To be continued, but not for a few days. It’s hard disciplining myself to not write every so often. But I keep trying.