Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO DEUTERONOMY 32\\

This chapter contains the song mentioned and referred to in the former,
the preface to it, \\#De 32:1-3\\; the character of the divine and
illustrious Person it chiefly respects, \\#De 32:4\\; the ingratitude of
the people of the Jews to him, who were a crooked and perverse
generation, aggravated by his having bought, made, and established
them, \\#De 32:5,6\\; and which is further aggravated by various instances
of divine goodness to them, first in providing and reserving a suitable
country for them, at the time of the division of the earth to the sons
of men, with the reason of it, \\#De 32:7-9\\; then by what the Lord did
for them in the wilderness, \\#De 32:10-12\\; after that in the land of
Canaan, where they enjoyed plenty of all good things, and in the
possession of which they were, when the illustrious Person described
appeared among them, \\#De 32:13,14\\; and then the sin of ingratitude to
him, before hinted at, is fully expressed, namely, lightly esteeming
the rock of salvation, the Messiah, \\#De 32:15\\; nor could they stop
here, but proceed to more ungodliness, setting up other messiahs and
saviours, which were an abomination to the Lord, \\#De 32:16\\; continuing
sacrifices when they should not, which were therefore reckoned no other
than sacrifices to demons, and especially the setting up of their new
idol, their own righteousness, was highly provoking; and by all this
they clearly showed they had forgot the rock, the Saviour,
\\#De 32:17,18\\; wherefore, for the rejection of the Messiah and the,
persecution of his followers, they would be abhorred of God,
\\#De 32:19\\; who would show his resentment by the rejection of them,
by the calling of the Gentiles, and by bringing the nation of the
Romans upon them, \\#De 32:20,21\\; whereby utter ruin and destruction
in all its shapes would be brought upon them, \\#De 32:22-25\\; and,
were it not for the insolence of their adversaries, would be entirely
destroyed, being such a foolish and unwise people, which appears by not
observing what the enemies of the Messiah themselves allow, that there
is no rock like him, whom they despised, \\#De 32:26-31\\; which
enemies are described, and the vengeance reserved for them pointed out,
\\#De 32:32-35\\; and the song closed with promises of grace and mercy
to the Lord's people, and wrath and ruin to his and their enemies, on
which account all are called upon to rejoice in the latter day,
\\#De 32:36-43\\; and this song being delivered by Moses, the people of
Israel are exhorted seriously to attend to it, it being of the utmost
importance to them, \\#De 32:44-47\\; and the chapter is concluded with
a relation of Moses being ordered to go up to Mount Nebo and die, with
the reason of it, \\#De 32:48-52\\.