4-3-2 The Song Of Moses
In those hours as Moses stood there saying those words of Deuteronomy,
and then as he sung that song of Moses to them of Dt. 32, I think we see
Moses at his finest. His voice would have been that of a young man, and
yet with all the passion of meaning of his 120 years. And then he blesses
those assembled tribes, the love of that man for Israel flowing
out, with that same wondrous voice. " Yea, he loved the
people" . And then, no doubt with a lump in his throat, swallowing
back the tears, he turned and walked away, up that mountain, higher and
higher, with the blue mountains of Moab shimmering in the distance. "
That selfsame day" Moses spoke Deuteronomy, God commanded him: "
Get thee up into this mountain...and behold the land...and die in the
mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people" (Dt.
32:50). Like the Lord Jesus, he received a commandment to die (Jn. 10:18;
14:31), and yet he presumably did not know how to consciously fulfil it
according to his own actions. He climbed the mountain alone, that same
day he spoke Deuteronomy. Presumably he spoke Deuteronomy in the morning,
sung the song of Moses, and then " that selfsame day" died.
It would have taken him time to climb the mountain, to be met at the top
by the Angel, who then showed him the land, kissed him (see later) and
buried him. Presumably he died late in the day, watching the sun setting
over the promised land- perhaps at the same hour Jesus died.
The pathos of the scene is wondrous, the Song of Moses as it were can
be heard still echoing. Yet in the sadness of it all, we see prefigured
the death of Christ for us. It was for their sakes that Moses didn't enter
the land, remember. That is the emphasis the Spirit gives. As he climbed,
for it would have taken a while, perhaps he thought back to those years
in Egypt, the struggle of his soul in those years. You may think I'm being
over emotional, but it seems to me as he climbed he would have thought
back to his dear mum to whom he owed his relationship with God, the mother
he'd doubtless disowned for forty years, admitting that he was the son
of Pharaoh's daughter. He would have reflected how at age 40 he was honest
with himself, how he told the world who his real mother was (probably,
tragically enough, after her death, sad that her son seemed to have rejected
her for the pleasures of Egypt), how he had refused to be called any longer
the son of Pharaoh's daughter. I mean, if we had say 24 hours to live,
and we were told to go for a walk before we died, I guess we'd think back
to our childhood for at least a moment, wouldn't we. And he was a man,
just like you and me, with all a man's feelings, all a man's memories,
all a man's humanity. I believe, although I can't prove it, that he wept
all the way to the top, climbing farther and farther away from the people
he loved, knowing that the majority simply didn't understand him and what
he had suffered for them. And perhaps as he sung the song of Moses, he
thought back to those weak years in Midian, to Zipporah, to the arguments
with her, to the pain of the divorce, to the Ethiopian woman, to the long
lonely days with the animals. And then to the wonder of the Red Sea, to
the nervousness of meeting the Angel, to the joy of that communion in
another mountain. He knew that Angel well, they spoke face to face as
men who are friends speak to each other (Ex. 33:11).
The echoes of Deuteronomy in the Lordís goodbye speeches shouldnít be
missed; for Moses at this time truly was a superb type of the Lord Jesus.
Deuteronomy concludes with two songs of Moses, one addressed to the Father
(Dt. 32), and the other to his people (Dt. 33). It is apparent that the
Lordís final prayer in Jn. 17 is divisible into the same two divisions-
prayer to the Father, and concern for His people. It has been observed
that the prayer of Jn. 17 is also almost like a hymn- divided into seven
strophes of eight lines each. It would appear to be Johnís equivalent
to the record in Mk. 14:26 of a hymn being sung at the end of the Last