Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Deuteronomy 33:1 (NIV)
This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.
Deuteronomy 33:1 (MSG)
Moses, man of God, blessed the People of Israel with this blessing before his death.
“This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death.” -AMPLIFIED
Moses now prepares himself to take leave of the people of Israel, but before he goes he addresses the people one last time. In this last exhortation to them he bequeaths upon each tribe a blessing which contained both a prayer and a prophecy.
Each tribe, its corresponding blessing and where it falls within the chapter are below:
1.) Reuben- (vs. 6)”Let Reuben live and not die, and let not his people be few.”
2.) Judah- (vs. 7)”“Hear, Lord, the cry of Judah; bring him to his people. With his own hands he defends his cause. Oh, be his help against his foes!”
3.) Levi- (vs. 8-11)“Let your Thummim and Urim belong to your loyal saint;
The one you tested at Massah, whom you fought with at the Waters of Meribah,
Who said of his father and mother, ‘I no longer recognize them.’ He turned his back on his brothers and neglected his children, Because he was guarding your sayings and watching over your Covenant. Let him teach your rules to Jacob and your Revelation to Israel, Let him keep the incense rising to your nostrils and the Whole-Burnt-Offerings on your Altar. God bless his commitment, stamp your seal of approval on what he does; Disable the loins of those who defy him, make sure we’ve heard the last from those who hate him.”
4.) Benjamin- (vs. 12)“God’s beloved; God’s permanent residence. Encircled by God all day long, within whom God is at home.”
5.) Joseph- (vs. 13-17)“Blessed by God be his land: The best fresh dew from high heaven, and fountains springing from the depths; The best radiance streaming from the sun and the best the moon has to offer; Beauty pouring off the tops of the mountains and the best from the everlasting hills; The best of Earth’s exuberant gifts, the smile of the Burning-Bush Dweller. All this on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the consecrated one among his brothers. In splendor he’s like a firstborn bull, his horns the horns of a wild ox; He’ll gore the nations with those horns, push them all to the ends of the Earth. Ephraim by the ten thousands will do this, Manasseh by the thousands will do this.”
6.) Zebulun and Issachar- (vs. 18-19)“Celebrate, Zebulun, as you go out, and Issachar, as you stay home. They’ll invite people to the Mountain and offer sacrifices of right worship, For they will have hauled riches in from the sea and gleaned treasures from the beaches.”
7.) Gad- (vs. 20-21)“Blessed is he who makes Gad large. Gad roams like a lion, tears off an arm, rips open a skull. He took one look and grabbed the best place for himself, the portion just made for someone in charge. He took his place at the head,
carried out God’s right ways and his rules for life in Israel.”
8.) Dan- (vs. 22)“Dan is a lion’s cub leaping out of Bashan.”
9.) Naphtali- (vs. 23)“Naphtali brims with blessings, spills over with God’s blessings as he takes possession of the sea and southland.”
10.) Asher- (vs. 24-25)“Asher, best blessed of the sons! May he be the favorite of his brothers, his feet massaged in oil. Safe behind iron-clad doors and gates, your strength like iron as long as you live.”
Moses’ attention then turns to Jehovah. He says, “There is none like God, Jeshurun, riding to your rescue through the skies, his dignity haloed by clouds. The ancient God is home on a foundation of everlasting arms. He drove out the enemy before you and commanded, “Destroy!” Israel lived securely, the fountain of Jacob undisturbed in grain and wine country and, oh yes, his heavens drip dew.” Deuteronomy 33:26-28 (MSG)
In Hebrew “Jeshurun” means, “There is no god like God”. This is an extremely manifest and unambiguous statement. It’s deepest meaning is this, God is one of a kind and there is no one at all like Him. Moses goes on to give a very short synopsis of God and what He had done for Israel.
Moses then has one final thing to say to the people and it basically is his way of impressing upon them how good they truly have it with God on their side. Moses says, “Lucky Israel! Who has it as good as you? A people saved by God! The Shield who defends you, the Sword who brings triumph. Your enemies will come crawling on their bellies and you’ll march on their backs.” -Deuteronomy 33:29 (MSG) God is on our side!!
Psalm 118:6-7 also reminds us of this fact that we can claim for ourselves, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can [mere] man do to me? The Lord is on my side, He is among those who help me; Therefore I will look [in triumph] on those who hate me.” -(AMPLIFIED) God is on our side!
The Apostle Paul also reminds us that God is for us. Paul says, “So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear? If He did not spare His own Son, but handed Him over on our account, then don’t you think that He will graciously give us all things with Him? Can anyone be so bold as to level a charge against God’s chosen? Especially since God’s “not guilty”verdict is already declared. Who has the authority to condemn? Jesus the Anointed who died, but more importantly, conquered death when He was raised to sit at the right hand of God where He pleads on our behalf.So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. As the psalm says, “On Your behalf, our lives are endangered constantly; we are like sheep awaiting slaughter.”But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us. For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:31-39 (VOICE) God is on our side!
Hallelujah! We have nothing to fear; God is on our side. He goes before us. He fights our battles. He is our help. He has forgiven us. He has given us the victory! What more could we ask for?
Lord, you are an Awesome God. I am so blessed to have you on my side. I know that I am so fortunate to have you in my life. because you are leading and guiding me I have nothing to fear; for you are the Great “I AM”; you are the Creator, the Conqueror, the Victorious One. I will trust in you. With you on my side, “I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.”