Deuteronomy 33:1-3, 6-17
They had worried but they had not wearied him. Evil was their recompense, but ardent was his love. He died with a blessing on his lips.
saints or holy ones
Love made the Lord reveal himself through Moses; but what shall we say of the divine manifestation in Christ Jesus? Herein is love made perfect!
God grant that our little churches may live and become strong.
May the like blessing be upon each believer. Strength sufficient is what we need and all we need; strength to waste would be no blessing.
This alludes to the fidelity of the tribe of Levi upon several trying occasions, when they not only held fast to the Lord, but became the executioners of divine vengeance upon their own brethren. Being found faithful, they were entrusted with the sacred ministry.
The Lord was the strength of Benjamin, and graciously placed his power where Benjamin carried his burden—between his shoulders.
that is, for the fountains and springs which arise from the bowels of the earth,
The sun of prosperity and the moon of adversity each produces its choice graces.
This was the crowning mercy. Lord, give us this, and we are well content;
The separated one, though persecuted by his brethren, received the richest blessing and the double inheritance. The more we are set apart for the Lord, the more of blessing shall we receive; and as to the persecution brought on us thereby, we may cheerfully bear it as a light and momentary affliction.
The people whom the Lord hath brought
From Egypt’s cruel land,
For whom with wondrous deeds he fought
Are ever in his hand.
Stronger than death his love is shown;
Right well he doth defend;
And having freely loved his own
He’ll love them to the end.