The Closing of Moses' Blessing (Daily Portion 10424)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Deuteronomy 33:22-29

In these verses, Moses blesses the three remaining tribes: Dan, Naphtali, and Asher. Then, he exalts the greatness of God and declares the happiness of Israel as the people of God. This passage is a fitting close to the blessing of Moses the man of God (Deuteronomy 33:1).

What Does It Say?

  1. Naphtali is satisfied with __________ and full with the _____________ of the Lord.
  2. Asher is to be ____________ to his brethren.
  3. The God of Jeshurun is He who “rideth upon the ___________ in thy _________.”
  4. Israel then shall dwell in ___________ alone.
  5. The enemies of Israel shall be “found __________ unto thee.”

What Does It Mean?

  1. The tribe of Dan is compared to a lion’s whelp (a young lion) that will leap from Bashan (Deuteronomy 33:22). The picture is of one who has trouble staying put in one place. Read Judges 18:1-2, 27-29 and tell one possible application of this prophecy.
  2. Deuteronomy 33:27 states, “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” This is the only place where the exact phrase, “eternal God,” is used to refer to God, although He is called the “everlasting God” in three places (Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 40:28; Romans 16:26). What is the significance of this title? What is the meaning of the eternal God being their refuge (that is, a place of shelter and safety)?
  3. Take each of the three statements in Deuteronomy 33:28 and explain their meaning. What do you think “the fountain of Jacob” is talking about? Compare Psalm 68:26; Jeremiah 2:13; Hosea 13:15; Zechariah 13:1.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. To Asher, Moses says, “as thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). The hymn “Day by Day” by Lina Sandell Berg uses this phrasing in its second stanza: “Every day the Lord Himself is near me with a special mercy for each hour; All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me, He whose name is Counselor and Power. The protection of His child and treasure is a charge that on Himself He laid; As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure; This the pledge to me He made.” Explain the meaning of the statement and tell how it applies to our lives.
  2.  In Deuteronomy 33:29, God is presented as Saviour, Shield, and Sword. Find the statement that identifies Him as each of these and give the meaning of each statement. Explain the importance of God being all three of these. How does God work in our lives as Saviour? As Shield? As Sword?

Suggested Memory Verses

 Deuteronomy 33:25, 27, 29

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:20

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.