Here we have the record of the final words of Moses to the nation. They also take the form of a song. Often he had set before the people cursing and blessing His last words were of blessing only.
First, in stately and majestic language he affirmed anew the majesty of Jehovah. In the midst of these statements is a word which arrests us: “Yea, He loveth the people." It may be that the Hebrew word there might be rendered "tribes," and that the reference was to Israel. Personally, however, I believe that it was a recognition of the larger purpose of God in dealing with Israel. While it is true that the holy ones are in His hands for safety and at His feet for communion, His purpose is not exhausted in them. "He loveth the people," that is, the nations beyond, and would reach them also in blessing.
The great words of blessing on the tribes follow, Simeon only being omitted. Reuben and Gad are referred to in terms which suggest that they will be saved so as by fire. Levi, having lost all earthly things for the special honor of bearing the Word of God, will receive the reward of such sacrifice. The word concerning Benjamin speaks of the safety of frailty. The choicest things said are those concerning Joseph. His are all "precious things and the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush" His therefore is the portion of government. In Issachar and Zebulun is to be seen triumph over disability. Gad, overcoming at the last, is made a judge. Dan becomes typical of conquest. Naphtali is satisfied. Asher is sustained.
Thus in his final benediction Moses made the peculiar realization of blessing by the tribes unfold the allsufficiency of God. The concluding words again affirm the greatness of God manifested in His tenderness and strength toward His people.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25