The Gospel in the Life of Moses: Never Forget the Love of God


Reflection Questions

1. Describe the reminder that Moses gives to Israel in his last words. What is he most dedicated to helping them remember? What does that tell us about what they will be tempted to forget?

2. Think about the position Israel is in - having been rescued from Egypt, wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, and now on the verge of entering the Promised Land. What would be some of the temptations they faced? How do those temptations relate to temptations we might be facing in our own lives?

3. To help them remember the love of God, Moses reminds Israel what God has done for them, how He thinks about them, and what He will do for them. Describe some of the reminders and images Moses uses here. Do any of them particularly speak to you?

4. Just as we set alerts or reminders for things we don't want to forget, the sermon encourages each us to come up with a specific way to remember the love of God for us this week. Do you have a way of reminding yourself of that?  

5. The final encouragement in the sermon reminds us that God remembers His love for His people even when we forget. How does that truth strike you? Why is that important, and how can it help you?

Deuteronomy 32:7-18; 33:1-5

Remember the days of old;
    consider the years of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you,
    your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
    when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
    according to the number of the sons of God.
9 But the Lord's portion is his people,
    Jacob his allotted heritage.

10 “He found him in a desert land,
    and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
    he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
    that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
    bearing them on its pinions,
12 the Lord alone guided him,
    no foreign god was with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the land,
    and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
    and oil out of the flinty rock.
14 Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
    with fat of lambs,
rams of Bashan and goats,
    with the very finest of the wheat—
    and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.

15 “But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked;
    you grew fat, stout, and sleek;
then he forsook God who made him
    and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
16 They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;
    with abominations they provoked him to anger.
17 They sacrificed to demons that were no gods,
    to gods they had never known,
to new gods that had come recently,
    whom your fathers had never dreaded.
18 You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you,
    and you forgot the God who gave you birth.

This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. 2 He said,

“The Lord came from Sinai
    and dawned from Seir upon us;
    he shone forth from Mount Paran;
he came from the ten thousands of holy ones,
    with flaming fire at his right hand.
3 Yes, he loved his people,
    all his holy ones were in his hand;
so they followed in your steps,
    receiving direction from you,
4 when Moses commanded us a law,
    as a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
5 Thus the Lord became king in Jeshurun,
    when the heads of the people were gathered,
    all the tribes of Israel together.


FOOTNOTES

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.