Final blessings from Moses to the tribes.
VERSE 1. This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
VERSE 2. He said, “The LORD came from Sinai, and rose from Seir to them. He shone from Mount Paran. He came from the ten thousands of holy ones. At his right hand was a fiery law for them.
Another manuscript reads “He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes.”
VERSE 3. Yes, he loves the people. All his holy ones are in your hand. They sat down at your feet. Each receives your words.
VERSE 4. Moses commanded us a law, an inheritance for the assembly of Jacob.
VERSE 5. He was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
VERSE 6. “Let Reuben live, and not die; Nor let his men be few.”
VERSE 7. This is for Judah. He said, “Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah. Bring him in to his people. With his hands he contended for himself. You shall be a help against his adversaries.”
Bring him in to his people. The blessing of Judah is to bring people to the LORD God.
Does this predict the ministry of Jesus?
VERSE 8. About Levi he said, “Your Thummim and your Urim are with your godly one, whom you proved at Massah, with whom you contended at the waters of Meribah.
Your Thummim and your Urim. These were sacred dice.
By rolling them, the will of the LORD God would be revealed to the Levite. Then he would declare it to the people.
If you say “thummin and urim,” you are really saying “declare God’s will.”
VERSE 9. He said of his father, and of his mother, ‘I have not seen him.’ He didn’t acknowledge his brothers, nor did he know his own children; for they have observed your word, and keep your covenant.
VERSE 10. They shall teach Jacob your ordinances, and Israel your law. They shall put incense before you, and whole burnt offering on your altar.
They shall teach. The Levites will teach people the laws and ordinances of God. In essence, they were exercising the Ministry of Discipleship.
VERSE 11. LORD, bless his skills. Accept the work of his hands. Strike through the hips of those who rise up against him, of those who hate him, that they not rise again.”
VERSE 12. About Benjamin he said, “The beloved of the LORD will dwell in safety by him. He covers him all day long. He dwells between his shoulders.”
The beloved of the LORD. This is a very special status.
VERSE 13. About Joseph he said, “His land is blessed by the LORD, for the precious things of the heavens, for the dew, for the deep that couches beneath,
VERSE 14. for the precious things of the fruits of the sun, for the precious things that the moon can yield,
VERSE 15. for the best things of the ancient mountains, for the precious things of the everlasting hills,
VERSE 16. for the precious things of the earth and its fullness, the good will of him who lived in the bush. Let this come on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the head of him who was separated from his brothers.
the bush. That is, the burning bush. See Exodus 3:2 and following.
VERSE 17. Majesty belongs to the firstborn of his herd. His horns are the horns of the wild ox. With them he will push all the peoples to the ends of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim. They are the thousands of Manasseh.”
Rejoice, Zebulun. The destiny of the Tribe of Zebulun is to rejoice.
VERSE 19. They will call the peoples to the mountain. There they will offer sacrifices of righteousness, for they will draw out the abundance of the seas, the hidden treasures of the sand.”
VERSE 20. About Gad he said, “He who enlarges Gad is blessed. He dwells as a lioness, and tears the arm and the crown of the head.
VERSE 21. He provided the first part for himself, for the lawgiver’s portion reserved was reserved for him. He came with the heads of the people. He executed the righteousness of the LORD, His ordinances with Israel.”
VERSE 22. About Dan he said, “Dan is a lion’s cub that leaps out of Bashan.”
VERSE 23. About Naphtali he said, “Naphtali, satisfied with favor, full of the LORD’s blessing, Possess the west and the south.”
full of the LORD’s blessing. Are you filled with the LORD’s blessing?
VERSE 24. About Asher he said, “Asher is blessed with children. Let him be acceptable to his brothers. Let him dip his foot in oil.
your strength will be. The LORD God can make us strong!
VERSE 26. “There is no one like God, Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens for your help, in his excellency on the skies.
VERSE 27. The eternal God is your dwelling place. Underneath are the everlasting arms. He thrust out the enemy from before you, and said, ‘Destroy!’
The eternal God is your dwelling place. They dwell in the eternal God.
VERSE 28. Israel dwells in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine. Yes, his heavens drop down dew.
VERSE 29. You are happy, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, the sword of your excellency? Your enemies will submit themselves to you. You will tread on their high places.”
Your enemies will submit themselves to you. They will stomp down the lofty pinnacles of power. Their enemies will voluntarily submit to them.
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